Performance of Madai Dance
The dance is performed in a group by both men and women. The group comprises of a leader who holds aloft a bamboo shaft, to the upper end of which is tied a bunch of peacock feather. These groups of dancers visit the houses of the upper class Hindus and try to amuse them by dancing and singing their crude songs. In return of their service the performers are given monetary rewards. These Ahirs also visit the weekly markets in the vicinity.
Musical Instruments of Madai Dance
The dance is accompanied by various musical instruments including mandar, dholak, timki and jhanj (cymbals).
Costumes of Madai Dance
During the performance they usually dress up in gaily coloured outfits. They wear head-dresses made of peacock feathers and decorate themselves with heavy jewelleries. The performers usually wear cowrie shell necklaces, brass armlets and anklets. These are generally made of hollow brass tubing and are filled with little pebbles so to enable them to produce as much noise as possible.
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