Kolkali

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The other name for Kolkali dance is the 'Stick Dance'. Kol means stick in the local language; hence the name is given to this art form that is performed with sticks as props, by the performers. Only the men of the region can perform this dance and the female clan is barred from practicing or performing the Kolkali dance. The men dance in pairs and make brisk movements with the sticks in their hands, in a circular formation.;
Literally speaking, the Kolkali dance means a stick dance. This specific Indian folk dance is very popular in the Lakshadweep islands. Only men can participate in this dance form as women are not allowed to take part. The dancers make pairs, which move in circles following the rhythm produced by the sticks.|