Popular folk dances of Nagaland
Nagaland has multiple tribes each having their own uniqueness, dance forms, cultures, language and more. For instance, some of the folk dances of Nagaland are Modse, Agurshikukula, Butterfly Dance, Aaluyattu, Sadal Kekai, Changai Dance, Kuki Dance, Leshalaptu, Khamba Lim, Mayur Dance, Monyoasho, Rengma, Seecha and Kukui Kucho, Shankai and Moyashai etc. However, the prominent ones are War Dance and Zeliang Dance.
Changsang dance is a traditional folk dance performed by the Chang Naga Tribe of Nagaland during the Naknyulüm festival in the month of July. Changsang dance is performed in praise of the birthplace of mankind and therefore the earth.
Chang Lo/ Sua Lua
The Chang Lo Dance also referred to as ‘Sua Lua ‘is a traditional folk dance of the Chang Naga tribe of Nagaland. It was performed to celebrate the victory over enemies in the earlier times.
Monyu Asho dance is a traditional folk dance performed by the Phom Nagas during the festival Phom Monyu festival which is the biggest festival of the Phom Naga tribe. The festival is celebrated in April.
Melo Phita dance is a traditional folk dance performed by the Angami Nagas during the Sekrenyi festival in the month of February. Sekrenyi festival is a purification festival observed for ten days.
Angushu Kighilhe dance is a traditional war dance performed by the men folk of Sumi tribe.
‘Rukhyo Sharu’ dance is a form of traditional folk dance performed by the Lotha Naga tribe. The word ‘Rukhyo Sharu’ literally means ‘victory dance’. It is performed during the head-hunting days to celebrate victory over the enemy.
Langnyu-Khiamtsangshe dance is a traditional folk dance performed by the Khiamniungan Naga tribe of Nagaland during the festivals of Miu and Tsokum, which are co-related to every other.
Akok-Khi is a dance form performed by the Sangtam tribe during the Mongmong festival.
Khupielilie dance is a traditional folk dance performed by womenfolk of the Pochury Naga Tribe of Nagaland. This dance is an integral part of the Nazu festival of the Pochury tribe in the month of February. Khupielilie is a dance where women perform a major role.
Kukuyipheto dance is a traditional folk dance performed by Chakesang Nagas. It’s an excellent choreography as the dance consists of fast and complicated footwork. This dance is performed during a grand feast referred to as ‘Feast of Merit’ and administered by all the able-bodied men in full traditional attire.
Kulu-Tsen is a traditional Naga folk dance of the Yimkhiung tribe. Kulu means head, and Tsen means dance. It’s a dance associated with head-hunting.
Baimajai/ Plate Dance
Baimaijai dance is a traditional folk dance of the Dimasa tribe. The dance is performed by young girls or women with Plate or Dish. They perform the dance with two plates in both hands.
Udoho dance is a traditional war dance of Angami Naga tribe. The literal meaning of Udoho is holding spear and shouting on enemy. It depicts the position of warrior in the village.
Nokinteker Tsungsang dance
Nokinteker Tsungsang dance is a Naga traditional dance form of the Ao Naga tribe. ‘Nokinteker’ literally means ‘war hero’.