The Parai Attam dance form is the local dance that Tamil culture enjoys where people beat the drum and dance to its rhythms. This is among the oldest dance forms in Tamil Nadu culture. In ancient days this drum beats were used for many purposes, for example, in the situation of warning people or gathering them for the conveying the messages or for the announcement of battles and announcing the defeat in battles. Also, it had its use to in sports festivals.
The Parai Attam dance is performed on the drum beats and to generate drum beats people use 2 sticks one lager and thinner than the other stick. It is now used only in dances on funerals, weddings or sports events. This drum is also used in temples to summon the deities. This dance has great importance in the Tamil Nadu culture and the people there value it a lot as well.