Watch the video: A tough and challenging folk art, Thappattam is performed by dancers who play their own hand-held drums, the thappu . This ancient and popular dance calls for plenty of coordination, as the dancer needs to synchronise 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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