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Oppana

Oppana is a traditional and an entertainment dance performed by the Muslim community in the Malabar region, as part of their wedding celebrations. The art form is mostly performed by women and is noted for its colourful costumes and rhythmic steps. The bride, dressed in traditional colourful attire would be seated in the middle, and around her dancers sing and dance teasing her about the impending nuptial bliss. Harmonium, tambourine, ilathalam (cymbals) and tabla are the instrumental accompaniments.