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What is Perini Dance?


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Prelims level : Perini Dance

Mains level : NA

A Perini dance performance by artistes in Hyderabad has left the audience awestruck.

Perini Dance

  • Perini Sivathandavam is an ancient dance form, from Telangana, which has been revived in recent times.
  • It originated and prospered in Telangana, during the Kakatiya dynasty.
  • It is performed in honour of Lord Siva, the hindu god of destruction and it is believed that in ancient times this was performed before the soldiers set to war.
  • One can find evidence of this dance in the sculptures near Garbha Gudi (Sanctum Sanctorum) of the Ramappa Temple at Warangal.

Performance details

  • The Perini siva Thandavam is a dance form usually performed by males.
  • It is called ‘Dance of Warriors’. Warriors before leaving to the battlefield enact this dance before the idol of Lord Śiva (Siva).
  • The dance form, Perini, reached its pinnacle during the rule of the ‘Kakatiyas’ who established their dynasty at Warangal and ruled for almost two centuries.
  • It is believed that this dance form invokes ‘Prerana’ (inspiration) and is dedicated to supreme dancer, Lord Siva.

Answer this PYQ in the comment box:

Q.Which one of the following was a very important seaport in the Kakatiya kingdom? (CSP 2017)

(a) Kakinada

(b) Motupalli

(c) Machilipatnam (Masulipatnam)

(d) Nelluru


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