(Last Updated on : 07/01/2009)
Gadaba community has got immense respect for various gods and goddesses. Thakurani is the supreme deity and is symbolized by slabs of stone and is also worshipped by "dishari." Spirits also are consecrated.
Festival too is an important part of the Gabada society. Bandapana parab, Dussehra parab, push parab, and chaita parab are some of the religious festivals that are feted by theses Gabada tribes. Dance and singing are part and parcel of these festivals.
Their biggest festival is Chaitra Parba during which the women weave kerengs in their houses and the men go hunting. When they return, they have a community dinner irrespective of age and status and eat, drink and dance throughout the night.
"Dhemsa" dance is quite popular where the women dancers wear the famous karenga saree. While the women dance in semi circle with step three and four, which even rises to eight. The body is often bent forward, showing skillful moves on the heels. The men only play the musical instruments like huge drums, palmudi baja, madal, fluits, tamak and mahuri. Melodious songs are composed by Gabada tribes compose as per the different occasions. These songs are sung at the time of dancing performances of these Gabada tribes.