Kautwams are the most ancient dances performed by temple dancers during festive occasions in the temples of Nuzvid area in AP during yester years. My Kuchipudi guru, late C R Acharya has been a pioneer in conducting research to bring back this dance form to limelight. Now only a few in the world can perform this unique dance.
In Mayura Kauthvam the dancer paints the picture of peacock, vehicle of Lord Subramanya, with her rhythmic footwork.
The other similar items are Lakshmi udbhavam, painting a picture of a lotus and simhanandini, creating the image of a Lion, the vehicle of goddess Parvathi.