Folk Dance Folk Dances of Tamil Nadu

Kummi Dance : a Folk Dance of Tamil Nadu

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Kummi is a folk dance, popular in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in India, danced mostly by Tamil women in circle. Dancing may be different. In some places, it is very simple, with rhythmic clapping or beating of the drums. In other places dancers imitate various harvesting activities. Kummi often accompany by songs, called ‘Kummi songs’. It is often danced during festivals. It is also danced by Tamils of Sri Lanka. Kummi songs became a popular addition to Kuthiyottam festivities in modern times.

The word ‘Kummi’ has originated from the Tamil ‘Kommai’, meaning dance with clapping of hands and had originated at a time when instruments were not invented.

One village woman starts a popular song while others join in with singing and clapping to keep note of time. Songs are performed by the women dancing in circles. Men, when they join form the outer circle.


Kummi is a form of Koothu or dance in which many people gather together. It is a dance-form that comes into play forming a chorus in which many people swing in a circle, or stand on either side of the equator, clapping their hands to the music, waving their legs, hips, and head gracefully, and bending and straightening up together.

Kummi is very popular in rural Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Kummi is said to have been born from the art of cave.


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