A folk dance from Southern Tamil Nadu, Oyilaatam is performed with much grace mostly by men, who dance waving coloured handkerchiefs from their hands. A rural art form mostly performed during festivals, Oyilaatam is accompanied by the Tavil (drums) and folk songs.

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Aparna Karthikeyan
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Aparna Karthikeyan is an independent multimedia journalist. She documents the vanishing livelihoods of rural Tamil Nadu and volunteers with the People's Archive of Rural India.

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