The marriage dance of Lakshadweep is called Kolkali. It is performed by men only. About twelve to sixteen dancers perform the dance. They beat two sticks that provide the percussion music. The leader plays a pair of cymbals. The dress of the dancers is very simple consisting of a lungi, a banian, and a scarf over the head. The dance begins with a slow tempo that gradually increases and become quite vigorous at the finale.
The Devar-attam is prevalent in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu. It is professionally conducted by a group of performing artist belonging to Kampalattu Nayakkar community. It is danced by men only wearing white costume. The headgear is also white from which dangles a colored bead. Seven or nine or eleven dancers are required to perform this dance on the occasion of a marriage ceremony. Specific songs are sung to the accompaniment of the drum music provided by Urumi. At times a long flute is also played.
Gaja Nach, which literally means the dance of elephant, is performed by the shepherd community called Dhangar who live in Maharashtra. Since it is considered auspicious, the dance is also performed at the time of temple festivals. The dance is performed with a slow tempo and swaying movements that evoke the gait of an elephant in a stylized way. The dancers also hold colorful scarves which when moved in a swaying manner suggest the fanning of elephant’s ears. The Pavato provides the melodic music and percussion music is provided by the Khaital and Dhol.
Unlike other places, Laddakh has a traditional marriage custom in which the bride comes to the groom’s house for the marriage. Dance, accompanied by specific songs, is performed when the bride is being brought to the groom’s house. The dancers are called Neyopa. They wear distinctive traditional dresses with equally distinctive and fascinating jewellery. The leader of the group called Neokkpun has to be an expert vocalist with a wide-ranging repertoire of folk songs, especially those sung during the different stages of the marriage.
The accompanying musicians usually belong to the Mon community. The musical instruments are : Surnai, a double-reeded wind instrument similar to Shehnai, and Damama a pair of bowl shaped drum much like the Nagada of North India. In olden days the Damamas were carried on the back of a yak.