Oppana is a traditional dance form of Kerala, India, usually performed by Muslim women during weddings and other festive occasions. The dancers form a circle around the bride and sing songs in praise of her beauty and virtues while clapping their hands rhythmically. The dance is characterized by graceful movements, with the dancers swaying their bodies and moving in a synchronized manner.
Oppana is believed to have originated in the Arab world and was brought to Kerala by Arab traders several centuries ago. Over time, it has become an integral part of the state's cultural heritage, with variations found in different parts of the region. Today, Oppana is widely popular not just among Muslim communities but also among people of other religions.
The dance is a celebration of womanhood and sisterhood, and its popularity has endured because it represents the rich cultural diversity of Kerala.
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