(Last Updated on : 24/05/2011)
The Jatra dance depicts the mock fights between people of one village with the other. The two groups representing each village advance for a combat with long poles surmounted by pennants and waving sticks and clubs.
In the hilly districts of North of Bihar reside people who are akin to the Nepalese. Even their culture, language, and physical types resemble the Nepalese. Here the various forms of dances are of chiefly pastoral or warlike kind.
A tribe named as Tharus inhabited in the foothill regions of Bihar
. They were earlier driven out of Nepal hence they took shelter here. The Tharus are short-statured Mongoloid people who are engaged in the work of hunting. Being hunters they skilfully perform the hunting dances. Their dances are accompanied by songs and various instruments like a dholak or a large drum. The songs are sung by a man in Nepalese languages who does not take part in the actual dance.
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