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Kummi is a folk dance, popular in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in India, danced mostly by Tamil women in circle. Dancing may be different. In some places, it is very simple, with rhythmic clapping or beating of the drums. In other places dancers imitate various harvesting activities. Kummi often accompany by songs, called "Kummi songs".[1] It is often danced during festivals. It is also danced by Tamils of Sri Lanka. Kummi songs became a popular addition to kuthiyottam festivities in modern times.[2]

The word "kummi" has originated from the Tamil "kommai", meaning dance with clapping of hands and had originated at a time when instruments were not invented.[3]

One village woman starts a popular song while others join in with singing and clapping to keep note of time. Songs are performed by the women dancing in circles. Men, when they join form the outer circle.[4]

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  1. Folk Dance Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Filippo Osella, Katy Gardner, "Migration, Modernity, and Social Transformation in South Asia", p. 131-132
  3. Singh, Mahima (21 August 2020). "Kolattam- Stick Dance of Andhra Pradesh". Auchitya. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  4. Guru, Travel (25 January 2015). "Kummi Dance". Beautiful Indian Tourist Spots. Retrieved 10 July 2020.

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