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Khampti Dance, Arunachal Pradesh
Khampti dance by Khampti community of Arunachal Pradesh is a drama based dance with some lessons.
 
 Khampti Dance, Arunachal PradeshThe dances by the Khampti communities of Arunachal Pradesh are popularly known as Khampti dances and even their dramas are termed accordingly. Khamptis are Buddhists; hence many of their dance-dramas unfold some stories or depict mythical events bearing ethical lessons. These activities are generally performed during the religious festivals of Potwah, Sankian or Khamsang. This dance constitutes the entertainment part of the festivals. The dance is termed as simply `ka` and the dance-drama is called `kapung` in which `ka` means dance & `pung` is the story. It actually means a story that is depicted through the dance performance. The rehearsal of the dance-drama starts about one month before a festival and it is mostly practised in a monastery or in any house of their choice.

The villagers send an invitation to the drama-party for the performance. After which, the drama is staged in the front courtyard or in some suitable open space near the houses. Generally, women are not seen in the performance of the drama, hence men wearing women`s costume play female roles. After the performances, the party is given a remuneration amount. With the help of this money, they purchase the costumes and masks used in the dramas. If there are the surpluses it is shared by all the members of the drama party.

(Last Updated on : 17/02/2014)
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