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Oppana Dance

This is a popular form of social entertainment among the Muslim community of Kerala prevalent all over, especially in the northern districts of Canaonore, Calicut and Malappuram.

Performance—Oppana is generally presented by females, numbering about fifteen including musicians, on a wedding day. The bride dressed in all best clothes, covered with gold ornaments is the chief viewer who sits on a peetam, around which the singing and dancing take place. While they sing, they clap their hands musically and move around the bride using simple steps. Two or three girls begin the songs and the rest join in chorus. Sometime Oppana is also presented by males to entertain the bridegroom. It usually takes place just before the bridegroom leaves for the bride’s residence where the Nikkaah (marriage) takes place or at the time he enters the Maniyara.


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