History of Kunbi Dance
Kunbi tribes were the earliest settlers of Goa who were a sturdy tribal community. The group was mostly settled in Salcete taluka. Though the members of this community have converted to Christianity under the influence of the Portuguese colonial rule, they still maintain their centuries old non-Christian traditional dance like Kunbi dance.
Performance of Kunbi Dance
Kunbi dance is usually performed by the women folk. The movements are fast yet graceful. The dancers perform the steps very elegantly. Kunbi dance is performed solely on social occasions.
Their songs and dance belonging to the pre-Portuguese era are uniquely social and not religious. An example of a Kunbi song: "The coy bride is filling the pitcher in the ankle-deep water of the rivulet and the fish (called) Thigur is winking at her."
Costume of Kunbi Dance
The dancers dress themselves in colourful attires that highlight some art form. Also the dresses are simple in design conforming to the tribe’s tradition. These traditional costumes lend a colourful touch to this ethnic art form. The dancers tie their hair in a neat bun and adorn it with colourful decorative flowergarlands. They also wear simple jewelleries which usually comprises of necklace, earrings and bangles.
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