Carnatic Music is believed to have a divine origin, just like the other art forms in Indian culture. Also spelled as 'Karnatic', this form of music owes much of its origin to ancient discourses and the origins of musical notations known as 'swaras'. These notations are then arranged together in a manner that would produce melodious tunes, synchronized with pitch (raaga) and tempo (talaa).
The weavers of Kanchi are believed to be the descendants of the heavenly weaver of Gods; Sage Markandeya. Kanjivaram Sarees are naturally woven from the best quality silk yarns and they are considered to be of the highest quality amongst all the silk sarees. The design work differs incolors, patterns, the material that is used in decorating the sarees such as gold thread, zari etc. and so on. Generally the Kanjivaram Sarees bear the motifs of the sun, moon, peacocks, swans, parrots, lions, chariots, coins, leaves, mangoes, etc.
Also called 'The Burden Dance', this dance form ceremonial sacrifice and offering practiced by devotees during the worship of Lord Murugan, the Hindu God of War. It is a central part of the festival of Thaipusam and emphasizes debt bondage. The kavadi ("burden") itself is a physical burden, the bearing of which is used by the devotee to implore Murugan for assistance, usually on behalf of a loved one who is in need of healing, or as a means of balancing a spiritual debt. Devotees' process and dance along a pilgrimage route while bearing these burdens.
An artistic and religious form of dance performed in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in reverence to Lord Subrahmanya. Mayilattam performer wears costumes from head to toe like peacock with beak, that can be opened and closed using a thread and performs specific dances. The performer dances not on his bare foot but on a tall piece of wood attached at the end of his feet.
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