Oyilattam Dance

pongalfest oyilattam dance

Usually performed at village festivals, this dance really is the “dance of beauty,” because the literal meaning of “Oyil” is “beauty.” Decades ago, it was only danced by men, but nowadays, women also participate. They use steps that are also applied in martial arts, and the dancers wear ankle-bells that add to the rhythm. It truly is a delightful affair.