Tappeta Gullu is a highly devotional and lively dance form which is
performed by men. The dance form is prevalent mostly in the three
north coastal districts of AP, namely Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and
The dancers wear a shirt and turban followed by loincloth along with
ankle-bells. The performers of this dance are accompanied by the
Tappeta or gundlu, which is hung on the chest. Tappeta Gullu is a
special dance form which requires great skill and muscle power.
It is believed to have been performed by cowherds and shepherds right
from the ancient times to amuse and propitiate Gangamma, the Rain
Goddess. This dance form is currently performed in many festivals
celebrated in villages, in honor of the deity. The rhythm, vigor, and
tempo of Tappeta Gullu is considered exceptional while the songs
rendered are mostly in praise of Lord Vishnu. A large group of about
15-20 people perform this dance form where drums are placed around
their necks, creating amazing beats accompanied by acrobatics.