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Poikkal Kuthirai

Poikkal Kuthirai is a traditional Folk dance of Tamil Nadu. It literally means "Horse with Fake Legs"


The main attraction of this dance is the richly decorated cardboard horse. The dancer uses this as his dress. He gets into it through the holes made therein and looks as if he is riding on horse back. Wooden stilts are tied to the dancers feet and these can be successfully used only after months of experience. The purpose of using the stilts is to prevent the dancer from being harmed by snakes or scorpions.


This dance is performed by a pair of dancers impersonating a king and queen. Sometimes, they indulge in acrobatics and they entertain the folk for hours together.

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Taken on February 8, 2009