Oyilattam is a traditional folk dance from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu and literally translates as dance of beauty. Originally a folk art form from Madurai, this dance is now more popular in the south districts and Kongu Nadu in particular. It is performed near the temples or public places in the morning and evening hours, at times even continuing past midnight.
Performance— it was danced only by the men folk. It was measured then as a ritual and so women was not allowed to take part for its public nature. With time Oyilattam began to be renowned as a common dance form involving the aspect of beauty and pleasure and not just a mere ritual. Thus the women folk also began to participate in this very beautiful dance form around ten years ago.