Thaara is a popular form of folk music performed in Maldives. The credit for its introduction in the Maldives goes to the Gulf Arabs, who visited this beautiful island in the mid 17th century. In the Thara folk music of Maldives, there are about 22 performers, who are made to seat in two parallel rows facing each other. It is only the men who can participate in Thaara. This folk performance involves both singing and dancing.
Traditionally, Thaara folk music was performed in the fulfillment of
vows. Earlier, the songs that accompanied the Thara were in Arabian
language. Thaara songs start at a slow tempo and then gradually pick up
to reach a crescendo. The performing team wears white sarongs and white
shirts with a green scarf wrapped around their necks. Maldives Thaara
folk music is very soothing and has a semi religious touch.