(Last Updated on : 08/05/2017)
Folk Dance of Arunachal Pradesh can be generally classified into four different groups of dances naturally enacted for a host of purposes. As for one, there is this Festive dance
performances which are mostly celebration orientated folk dances celebrated in individual occasions. Ritualistic dance is another type of folk dance
in Arunachal Pradesh
done with much enthusiasm through certain rituals
. Then there is this dance performed as part of spare time purposes which is called Recreational Dances. These dances are not performed as part of any ceremony or festival
although they are part of firm occasions creating a happy and joyful impression. The last is the Dance Drama
which aim at depicting a mythological story
entitled with a moral.
The folk dances of Arunachal Pradesh are as follows:
: Ponung dance falls in the celebratory dance category where the young women execute the dance holding each others hands and moving in circles. The dance celebrates the crop season and mythological songs often relate the source of paddy and crops
: Wancho Dance
belongs to a particular tribe
of Arunachal Pradesh. According to the name of that tribe, "Wancho
" the dance is named. This dance is preformed only in special occasions like festivals and ceremonies.
: Bardo Chham is a folk dance of Arunachal Pradesh and a vital ritual among the ethno-various group of north-east people
. The performers wear colourful masks
and enact the fight between good and bad with a backdrop music
playing to improve the show. The dancers
bring peace and joy in the area through the dramatic fight performed by the Sherdukpens tribal dancers and it is quite mesmerizing to watch.
: Buiya dance is performed on any joyful occasion like the Duiya, Tazampu and Tanuya festivals which are performed for the wealth and good health of the performer and his household. This dance
may also performed after a feast arranged by a family to entertain the fellow villagers who co-operate with it opening a new field.
Lion and Peacock Dance
: Lion and Peacock
Dance is a folk dance form of Monpas, a tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. It depicts stories of animals
and the dancers imitate gait and movements of the animals. Two groups participate in this dance, and each group has two drummers. The dancers wear masks resembling cock and lion
heads. Gongs and cymbals accompany the dance.