: கரகாட்டம் or "karakam
(கரகம் 'water pot') dance") is an ancient folk dance of Tamil Nadu
performed in praise of the rain goddess Mariamman
. The performers balance a pot on their head . Traditionally, this dance is categorized into two types- Aatta Karakam
is danced with decorated pots on the head and symbolizes joy and happiness. It is mainly performed to entertain the audience. The Sakthi Karakam
is performed only in temples as a spiritual offeringSeen in these pictures is Mr. Suresh from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, who is a M.A., M.sc., B.B.C., D.F.A. (Folk Dancer) and has performed close to 4000 stage shows of Karakattam.