"Except for Devarattam, Thappattam and Theru-Koothu, most of the other folk arts of Tamil Nadu are of recent origin," says Dr. Murugesan.

There used to be 52 adavus for Karagattam in the early 1980s. Now only six survive.

The peacock dance had its origin in a 1949 advertisement for 'beedis'!

('Dances with a past' by Suganthy Krishnamachari, The Hindu Friday Review, March 26, 2010)

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