Variety of cultural dances enthral visitors on 2nd day of Hornbill Festival

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KISAMA, Dec 2: Cultural troupes from various parts of the country performed colorful cultural dances entertaining the visiting guest and locals at the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), National Dance and Music Day, Kisama on 2nd day of the 19th Hornbill Festival here at the Naga Heritage Village on Sunday.

The host for the evening session were Deputy Speaker, Zhaleo Rio and Advisor, Youth Resource & Sports, Zhale Neikha.

Cultural troupes from Odisha presented Dalkhai dance which is usually performed on the eight day of full moon night by young unmarried girls. This dance describes the everyday life of the villagers and also it signifies the celebration of the beauty of young girls.

Mishing community of Assam performed the Gumrag which is the Ali Ai Ligang or spring dance festival. This dance denotes the ceremonial sowing of paddy.

The Baredi dance of Madhya Pradesh is performed by the Ahir community. It is performed during harvest season in praise of lord Krishna in the Bundelkhand region of the state.

Thang-ta dance from Manipur was also performed. It is the martial art of Manipur which is performed with sword and spear. The movement of the Thang which means sword, is to ward off evil spirit and Ta is the position to protect the warrior.

The Wangala dance by Meghalaya state is a tribal dance of the Garo tribe and this dance is performed during the Wangala festival. This dance is performed on the occasion of selecting the brides and bridegrooms. The dance is characterized by vigorous shuffling of feet and graceful body movements held in rhythm by the tune of native instruments.

Panthi Nritya from Chattisgarh is a dance form performed by the Satnamis in praise of Guru Ghasidas. This dance is performed in acrobatic patterns on the occasion of Maag Poornima.

The Cheirol Jagoi from the state of Manipur originated from the Thang Ta for entertainment and this dance is performed by the skilled stick player handling three sticks of different sizes in various steps, speed styles of movements.

Rouf dance was also performed by troupes from Jammu and Kashmir and is performed only by women during the harvesting season, when the holy prayers of Ramzan echoes across Kashmir Valley.


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