(Last Updated on : 03/08/2013)
Tribal Dances of North east India lay bare the ethno cultural sing song dances of the tribes which are far different from the cosmopolitan urban crowd. Nongkrem Dance
, Indian tribal dance is chiefly performed by the Khasi tribe
with the background of the delectable destination of the mountains. As autumn drops by the hills, this magnanimous occasion witnesses its advent, its verve. The mountain comes to life, so do the tribe as the mood of tribal festivity pours in. On the fourth day of the Khasi dance, all the young girls together perform this dance in a ring in front of the priestess's house. The dance depicts the warlike movements of the young folks who dance in a circle forming a ring in which the girls sway their heads slowly. This dance is considered as one the greatest dance festivals of the Khasis. Nongkrem is a hilly spot, almost seven miles away from Shillong
where the royal family of the Khasis inhabit; the name of this place derived from the similar source from which the royal family has assumed the name of their clan. Nongkrem Dance is performed at a place named as Smit in Nongkrem which has been the seat of the Nongkrem Chief. Earlier the dance was performed at Shillong but when the British occupied the place as their summer resort; the Nongkrem clan had to shift from there.
is a popular form of a dance of the Hill Tribes. It is a very colourful dance performed by young girls and boys. While dancing the boys hold big Naga "Daos" meaning knives while the girl dancers accompany the boys. The females decorate themselves with heavy ornaments with their tribal peculiarities. The Kabui dance
is performed with the accompaniment of a big drum which gives a regular and broad beating of time. This dance is generally performed during winter in an open yard of the village surrounding which the members of the village sit. Some elderly males have spears which they wave up and down while singing at intervals. Once the performance is over the performers enjoy themselves in drinking beer and eating rice and ham.