Dhepa Dhuliya is a popular folk dance performed in most parts of Darrang district in the Assam state of India. The name of the dance is derived from the musical instrument called Dhepadhol. Dhepadhol is a traditional drum of the state and is noted for its unique heavy sound. Dhepa Dhuliya is generally performed in a wedding ceremony or on other such social occasions.
Design of Dhepadhol
Dhepadhol is a cylindrical shaped drum and is 1.5 meter in length. It comprises of a tapered left end. This dhol is covered at both ends with animal skins like the Jaidhol and Bardhol. However, the specialty of Dhepadhol is different, as the covering of the right end of the Dhepadhol is double layered and has a small hole on the outer layer. Along with it, water is filled between the gaps between the layers so as to get the thud and hence the above name.
Performance of Dhepa Dhuliya Dance
Dhepa Dhuliya is usually danced in a group and it involves four or six dancers. This traditional folk art form is a complete performance of its own, with dance, song and acting. In addition to the dhol, about four to six persons even play the Taals (cymbal). The team members perform the dance while others play on the instruments.
Costume of Dhepa Dhuliya Dance
The costume is one of the important features of this folk dance. Generally, the male dancers wear colourful shirts and the female dancers clad themselves in vibrant gowns. These costumes are designed using the three basic colours namely red, green and blue.
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(Last Updated on : 05-11-2014)
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