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Mayilattam (Tamil: மயிலாட்டம்) is an artistic and religious form of dance performed in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu and Kerala [1] in reverence to Lord Subrahmanya.

Mayilattam performers wear costumes from head to toe like peacock with beak, that can be opened and closed using a thread, and perform specific dances. The performers dance on a tall piece of wood attached at the end of their feet. This art requires extensive training and practise. This dance is performed in all Murugan (Lord Subrahmanya) temples as a tradition during festivals. Due to the difficulties in practise and less amount of wages for the dancers, the number of Mayilattam performers is decreasing.[2][3]


  1. "Tamil Folk Dances".
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 August 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)