Kummi is one of the most important and ancient forms of village dances of Tamil Nadu. It originated when there were no musical instruments, with the participants clapping their hands to keep time. The performance is done mostly by Tamil women in circle.
Performance—the women stand in a circle and dance clapping their hands rhythmically. One of the women leads the singing with a favorite song while the rest take up the refrain. Each performer renders a new line in turn and the dancing stops when all get tired. This dance is usually performed during temple festivals, Pongal, the harvest festival, family functions like the one to celebrate the coming of age of the girl-child.