Kummi Kolattam Songs
Kummi & Kolattam are popular traditional folk dances of South India. Kummi, one of the most ancient forms of village dance in Tamil Nadu, is derived from the word ‘Kommai’ – to dance to the clapping of hands and singing poems in metre – and is performed by women who move in a circular fashion. Kolattam is derived from the word ‘Kol’ (small stick) and ‘Attam’ (play). ‘Basava’ – the bull, the personification of Lord Shiva is the centre of the Kolattam dance. The stick in the hand of each girl/woman is struck against those of the other girls/women in rotation, producing beautiful music. The rhythm of both dance and music delights one and all and is performed during festivals and special occasions. In this album, these traditional folk songs are rendered with aesthetic appeal by the revered musicologist Sulochana Pattabhiraman & her team. The songs are on various deities such as Ganesha, Krishna, Muruga and Kamakshi.