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Oppana

 

Oppana is a dance form and a performing art practiced by the Muslim women.It is believed that the word Oppana derives its origin from the word “Afna”(Arabic).It is performed to commemorate the nuptial celebrations of the bride and is part of the wedding festivities. It is a famed form of social entertainment.Maidens and the female relatives of the bride sing and dance clapping their hands.

 

 

The bride is decked in finery and intricate ornaments and seated in the middle on a high seat called the peetam. The bride’s friends and other young ladies clap their hands rhythmically to the beat of the song and dance around her.The dance is not vigorous  and the steps are simple and movements are graceful.The songs sung  are called Mappilapattu and are sung firstly by the leader and the remaining women led the chorus.