A tough and challenging folk art, Thappattam is performed by dancers who play their own hand held drums, the thappu. This ancient yet popular dance calls for plenty of co-ordination, as the dancer needs to sync the hand and leg movements.

Aparna Karthikeyan

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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