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Dappan koothu

Dappan Koothu (also known as Dappanguthu, or simply koothu) is a folk dance and music genre with an emphasis on percussion performed in states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, India.[1] It has become one of several popular genres employed in film music, mainly in Kannada and Tamil cinema.[2]

Unlike classical Indian dances such as yakshagana, bharatnatyam or kathakali, koothu is relatively informal in that it has no structured, repeated steps and dancers do not learn through formal dance classes. It shares its emphasis on percussion with older folk dances of Tamil Nadu, such as kummi and kolattam.


  • Musical instruments 1
  • Outfit and embellishments 2
  • In popular culture 3
  • List of Dappankoothu songs 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Musical instruments


  • A sample of the Dappankoothu Dance
  • A sample of the Dappankoothu Beat

External links

  1. ^ "Twirl and swirl". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2005-05-11. 
  2. ^ The Hindu Business Line : Versatility is his forte
  3. ^ KARTHIK VARMA. "Variations on the 6/8". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
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  6. ^ Ramesh, Prithvi (2008-07-05). "The Hindu : Metro Plus Hyderabad - My Five".  


  • Thillandogiri Dappankoothu from Thillana Mohanambal (1968) (Tamil)
  • Podhuvaga En Manasu from Murattu Kalai (1980) (Tamil)
  • Chikku Bukku Raile from Gentleman (1993) (Tamil) (only small portion of the whole song)
  • Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatasa from Ninaivirukkum Varai (1999) (Tamil)
  • Inthadi Kappakilange from Dhool (2003) (Tamil)
  • Annamalai Thambi from Pudhiya Geethai (2003) (Tamil)
  • Vaadi Vaadi from Sachein (2005) (Tamil)
  • Innisai from Varalaru (2006) (only small portion of the whole song)
  • Nakku Mukka from Kadhalil Vizhunthen (2008) (Tamil)
  • Ottha Sollala from Aadukalam (2011) (Tamil)
  • Lungi Dance from Chennai Express (2013) (Hindi)
  • Royapuram Peter from Maan Karate (2014) (Tamil)
  • Danga Maari (2015) (Tamil)
  • Indha Ponnungale Ippadithan from Varuthapadatha Vaalibar Sangam (2014) (Tamil)
  • Uthungada Sangu from Velai Illa Pattadhari (2014) (Tamil)
  • Thara local song from Maari (2015) (Tamil)

List of Dappankoothu songs

In popular culture

In Male Mahadeshwara hills, Mysore, Karnataka, the music for this dance will be played for money, and the believers can dance for longer time. Particularly in this hill, there is a saying that god feels happy if his believers dance for him.

Facial expressions are employed for effect by the dancers. For example, the tongue, folded over and held in position with the front teeth, is brought out at regular intervals.

Loud clapping and whistling by spectators often accompanies the Dappaankuthu dance. Spectators are also known to set off firecrackers called locally as "Pattaasu" on the ground during the performance.

Even though any attire can be worn when one dances the Dappaankuthu, a lungi (colourful cloth wrapped around the waist) is commonly worn and most preferable, with the bottom raised and folded upwards over the knees in the middle. Ideally, it should be worn over pattapatti (lined trousers). The shirt worn would have only two or three buttons in place, while the chest portion is left wide open and at the lower part of the shirt is knotted (using the two portions of the shirt). It is also common to tie a handkerchief or bandana around one's forehead and/or wrist.

Outfit and embellishments


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