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Dapaankuthu - Courtesy Wikipedia

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Dappaankuthu is a type of dance performed on the streets of Tamil Nadu, India. It is commonly performed to relieve emotional stress or in celebration of an event. It is therefore equally likely in both wedding processions and funeral processions. It is traditionally performed to the infectious beats of gaana music.
During funerals, the dance is perceived to pacify a departed soul when the funeral procession is taking place. In this context it is sometimes referred to as the 'Savoo Koothu', or literally 'Death Dance'.[citation needed] During weddings, particularly those of lower-income classes, dappaankuthu may be performed during the arrival of the bridegroom's procession, and also during the parading of the couple. It may be considered as Tamil Nadu's equivalent of the Baraat procession in North Indian weddings.
Unlike other classical Indian dances such as the Bharatnatyam or Kathakali, dappaankuthu is informal: it has no structured, repeated steps and dancers do not learn through formal dance classes. With its popularisation in films, daapaankuthu has become fashionable form of casual street dance amongst the urban class in the southern parts of India.
Etymology and Origin

Dappaankuthu is derived from the Tamizh words, 'Dappa' and 'Koothu', where 'Dappa' means container (which is used as a percussion instrument during the performance), and 'Koothu', in classical Tamil means 'dance'.
This dance originated from an ancient nomadic group called Narikuravas who used metal containers (usually tin-cans) as percussion instruments while singing.[citation needed] Because of its simplicity and the absence of laid-down rules or patterns, it became popular initially with the economically downtrodden people in Tamil Nadu.
Musical Instruments

A percussion instrument called tharai thappattai, resembling a tambourine without the jingles, is used for dappaankuthu. Unlike normal tambourines, this requires a wooden apparatus (or a stick) to play. A customised trumpet is also sometimes employed.
Outfit and Embellishments

Although any attire can be worn when one dances the dappaankuthu, a lungi (colourful cloth wrapped around the waist; commonly worn) is most preferable, and ideally with the bottom raised and folded upwards over the knees in the middle.
It is considered polite or a gesture of admiration to mark time by clapping and whistling loudly when someone else is dancing the dappaankuthu. Spectators are also known to set off firecrackers on the ground during the performance.
Facial expressions are employed for effect by the dancers. For example, the tongue, folded over and held in position with the front teeth, is brought out at regular intervals.
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