Tamil Nadu is a traditional land, where one can still witness ancient culture heritage's relevance in modern times. Temples in Tamil Nadu were the fulcrums of society and even today art forms that have their origin in religious worship continue to colour daily life. Providing a contras to the temple heritage is the city of Pondicherry with its French flavour. Yet, another facet of this surprisingly diverse state is two Hill stations - Ooty and Kodaikanal. Both are little patches of England, being much loved by the expatriate population of the Raj.
Tamil Nadu has rich tradition of folk arts and crafts displaying traditional skill and dexterity handed down from generations. The Folk Music and Dances represent the rustic ethos, aesthetic values and melody. The conduct of folk dances and music on occasions of temple festivals and community functions gives entertainment, myth and merry to the villagers. The Therukoothu (Street Play, Thappattai Attam, Karagam and Kavadi, Horse Dance and Peacock Dance, Oyilattam and Silambam are all rural programmes of art forms, very old but still conducted and enjoyed by people with abiding interest and enthusiasm.