Types Of Dance in Coorg

Folk Dances of Kodavas

“Huttari Dance” and “Bolak-aat” are dance forms of Kodagu. The Kodavas are a unique martial race, different in customs,

traditions and religion from the surrounding populace. This is the annual harvest dance of the Kodavas. The men, dressed

in traditional Kodava costumes with the decorative knife, perform this slow moving dance to background music. This dance

has different varieties.

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1.Bolak-aat

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This is performed by the Kodava men in front of an oil lamp in an open field. The men hold the chavari(Yak fur) in one

hand and the Kodava short sword “Odi-kathi” in the other while performing this dance. Many regional variations of

this dance exist. Sometimes performers dance only with the chavari without the use of the short sword. When the

“Odi-kathi” is also used, it is called kattiyaata. The dudi, an hourglass shaped drum is used to provide the rhythm

for the dance.

2.Ummatt-aat
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This is performed by the Kodava womenfolk. The women wear the traditional Kodava dress complete with jewelry,

adorn the forehead with kumkuma and in a swinging rhythm, dance in a circle, brass cymbals in hand. One woman stands

at the center holding a pot full of water to represent Kaveri taayi or Mother Kaveri, which the Kodavas worship as

their prime deity.

3.Komb-aat

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While the Bolaak-aat and the Ummattat are of a celebratory and festive nature, the Kombat is a dance

performed with religious sentiments. It is traditionally performed in temple premises, but, in recent years,

it is also performed in other places. This is a dance performed by the Kodava men and deer horns are used

as a prop, representing the horns of the Krishnamruga, a spotted deer in Kodava legend.The dance is performed

to rhythmic tunes provided by wind instruments and percussion. The dance includes certain martial movements

that represent some of the techniques used by the Kodavas in warfare.