History of Dappan Koothu Dance
History of Dappan Koothu Dance History of Dappan Koothu Dance

Tappaanguchchi,Dappan Koothu (Kannada,Tamil) or Dappanguthu is a folk dance and music genre with an emphasis on percussion performed in states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, India.

It has become one of several popular genres employed in film music: Kannada Cinema and Tamil cinema.

Unlike classical Indian dances such as yakshagana, bharatnatyam or kathakali, koothu is relatively informal in that it has no structured, repeated steps and dancers do not learn through formal dance classes.

It shares its emphasis on percussion with older folk dances of Tamil Nadu, such as kummi and kolattam.

Musical Instruments
A percussion instrument called the TamaTe in Kannada or Tharai thappattai in Tamil, resembling a Ganesh tambourine without the jingles, is often used for Dappaankuthu. Unlike normal tambourines, this requires a wooden to play. The urumee drum is also often used. A customized trumpet is also sometimes employed.

The rhythm of the Dappan koothu is often signified by a mix of beat patterns layered and flowing into one another. Other percussion instruments may be employed in Dappan koothu.

Outfit and Embellishments
Even though any attire can be worn when one dances the Dappaankuthu, a lungi (colourful cloth wrapped around the waist) is commonly worn and most preferable, with the bottom raised and folded upwards over the knees in the middle. Ideally, it should be worn over pattapatti (lined trousers). The shirt worn would have only two or three buttons in place, while the chest portion is left wide open and at the lower part of the shirt is knotted (using the two portions of the shirt). It is also common to tie a handkerchief or bandana around one's forehead and/or wrist.

Loud clapping and whistling by spectators often accompanies the Dappaankuthu dance. Spectators are also known to set off firecrackers called locally as "Pattaasu" on the ground during the performance.

Facial expressions are employed for effect by the dancers. For example, the tongue, folded over and held in position with the front teeth, is brought out at regular intervals.

In Male Mahadeshwara hills, Mysore, Karnataka, the music for this dance will be played for money, and the believers can dance for longer time. Particularly in this hill, there is a saying that god feels happy if his believers dance for him.

In Popular Culture
The genre has been used in several films of Tamil cinema, and was noticeably used in songs "Boyz" and "Bird Flu" by M.I.A. on her 2007 album Kala.

List of Dappankuttu Songs
Aathichoodi, Bambara Kannaley, Madura veeranthane (Dhool)
Otha Sollala (Aadukalam) (Dinesh Kumar (choreographer), National Award Winner for Best Choreography)
Jurys' Comments : This National Award for Best Choreography is awarded to Dinesh Kumar "For the Native Charm and Innovative Design in the Art of Choreography that creates an Effervescent Energy in the Spectator".
Vandanam Ayya Vandam (Eesan) (Dinesh, Choreographer)
Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatasa.. (Prabhu Deva, Choreographer)
Naka Muka

"Twirl and swirl". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2005-05-11.
The Hindu Business Line : Versatility is his forte
Ramesh, Prithvi (2008-07-05). "The Hindu : Metro Plus Hyderabad - My Five". The Hindu (Chennai, India).

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. -Friedrich Nietzsche

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