Kolattam Dance

Facts for Prelims

Kolattam Dance

News: Recently, Kolattam dance was performed during Balotsav, a children’s festival, in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.

• Kolattam is a folk dance from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. It is part of a religious offering, where women dancers pay homage to the temple Goddess in many regions of Andhra Pradesh.
• The dance is predominantly a dance of women, without involving men.
• It is also called as stick dance.
• The dance is performed by 8 to 40 artists as a group, and every two artists are grouped as a pair. Each holds two sticks and moves them according to their leader’s Smovements.
• Themes: A large number of Kolatam dancers prefer to perform the Ganga Gouri Samvadam. The theme is based on the fight between Lord Shiva’s two wives, Goddess Ganga and Goddess Parvathi. 

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