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Static GK is an important segment in the general awareness section of various Tamil Nadu Government Exams. Awareness about the Culture of Tamil Nadu will not only help you in answering the general awareness questions but also expand your knowledge about the state. This can also be beneficial in group discussions and interviews. With its rich culture, it can get very difficult to get a complete picture of all the traditions and cultural practices of Tamil Nadu. To help you revise this topic quickly and thoroughly, we have come up with a blog on ‘’ Culture of Tamil Nadu for TNPSC ’’.

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Folk Dance and Music in Tamil Nadu

Pannisai (Carnatic music)It is one of the world’s oldest and most illustrious musical traditions. On the octave, there are 72 basic scales and a wide range of melodic motion. The melodic and rhythmic structures are both interesting and varied. Great artists have written songs that have been passed 
down through the years.  
BharatanatyamBharatanatyam is comprised of three main aspects – nritta, or
technical dance – nritya, or expressional dance – Natya, or dramatic storytelling.
BommalattamIn this puppetry, rod and string puppet techniques are combined.
PuliattamThe bodies of the dancers are painted with yellow and black paint to create a replica of Tiger. The performers make graceful tiger-like moves. 
DevarattamMeaning ‘dance of gods’ this dance form uses a combination of martial arts, intricate steps with 32 rhythmic steps known as adavu, and unique dance moves
Theru KoothuIt has an informal dance structure, in which performances generally depict scenes from ancient epics. There is traditionally no spoken dialogue, only songs.
KolattamKolattam comes from the word “Kol,” which means “stick.”  These Kols are struck together, and rhythmic movements are performed during the dance.  This dance combines singing, music, and rhythmic motions.
OyilattamMen or women stand in a row with two kerchiefs perform rhythmic steps
to the musical accompaniment, with the number of dancers increasing
KaragattamThe dance is performed to worship Goddess Amman. It involves balancing pots made of metal or a lump of clay on the dancer’s head.
SilambattamA weapon-based Indian martial art. The bamboo staff is swirled by
Silambam players and when they are fighting, the weapons make sound
thus the art of the battlefield is called Silambam.
Bhagavata MelaA religious story is conveyed in the form of dance which uses nuanced gestures like sign language, complicated footwork, and acting (abhinaya).
It has its origins in the Natya Shastra, ancient Hindu literature on theatrical arts, its components include Nritta, Nritya, and Natya.
Kai Silambu AttamKai silambam is an unarmed collection of techniques in silambam 
(a weapon-based Indian martial art), with kuttu varisai as its core 
component. Techniques incorporate striking, grappling,
throws, and locks.
Kavadi AttamIt is an important feature of the Thaipusam holiday, emphasizing debt bondage. Devotees perform ritual sacrifices and offerings in honour of Lord Murugan, the Hindu God of War.

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