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இந்தப் பக்கத்தை தமிழில் வாசிக்க: காமாட்டா

Kamatta is a community festival. Since this dance is performed on festival days, it is called Kamatta kottudhal or Kamatta. It is performed as a supporting performance to Karakattam[1] in Devakottai, Karaikudi areas.


Kamatta is similar to the dance form Kummi[2]. It is performed by Karakattam dancers and supporting dancers.

A sugarcane is placed in the center and a bonfire is built around it. Around the bonfire, karakattam dancers and the dancer dressed as clown sing and dance beating their chests. It is influenced by the Lavani[3]. This is how Kamatta is performed in Karaikudi, Devakottai areas.

On the other hand, in Salem, the festival called Kamatta lasts for 15 days. During these fifteen days Kamatta kottudhal takes place. It is similar to Kummi dance.


Kamatta is performed by Karakattam Artists and Supporting Artists. Karakatta women and Clowns dance together like Kummiyattam by going in circles.

Towns of Occurrence

Kamatta is a popular song in Devakottai and Karaikudi areas. It also happens to be the event of a community festival called Kamatta in Salem area.


Kamatta is performed where Karakattam takes place.


  • Tamilaga Nattar Nigalthu Kalaigal Kalanjiyam - A.K. Perumal

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  1. Karakaattam is an ancient folk dance of Tamil Nadu performed in praise of the rain goddess Mariyamman.
  2. Kummi is a folk dance, popular in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in India, danced mostly by Tamil women in circle.
  3. Lavani is a genre of music popular in Maharashtra, India. It is a combination of traditional song and dance, which particularly performed to the beats of Dholki, a percussion instrument.

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