The Perini 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 Shiva.
The dance form, Perini, reached its pinnacle during the rule of the
'Kakatiyas' who established their dynasty at
ruled for almost two centuries.
It is believed that this dance form invokes 'Prerana' (inspiration) and is dedicated to supreme dancer, Lord Shiva. One can find evidence of this dance in the sculptures of the Ramappa Temple at Warangal.
Perini is a vigorous dance done to the resounding beats of drums. Dancers drive themselves to a state of mental abstraction where they feel the power of Shiva in their body. While dancing they invoke Shiva to come into him and dance through him. The Perini Thandavam is indeed believed to be the most invigorating and intoxicating male dance form.
Perini dance form almost disappeared after the decline of the Kakatiya dynasty but Dr. Nataraja Ramakrishna father of Andhra Natyam brought renaissance in Perini dance, which was on verge of extinction.