In many parts of the country dummy horse dance is performed. All the dummy horse dances, however, have elements of theatre and therefore quite entertaining. Dummy horse dance, irrespective of the region of its prevalence, is based on the same principle. Invariably the dummy horse is improvised with bamboo and cloth. The head of the horse is made with papier-mâché. A tail is also attached at the other end. The body is hollow, into which the dancer enters, as if into a cockpit. The dummy horse has no legs. When the dummy horse is lifted by the dancer and is slung from both the shoulder, it appears as if the dancer is riding a horse. The body of the dummy horse is near the waist of the dancer whose feet can be seen by the audience. The dancer dances to the beats of the accompanying music, style of which changes according to the place of its prevalence. The music draws heavily upon the folk music of the region. Singing and percussion music usually accompany the dance.
/ / Poikkal Kuthirai