Tribal dances of Sambalpur district are one of the major contributors in constituting the vibrant cultural heritage of the district. Famed as the land of tribal dances, the district hosts several festivals where these exquisite dances form the major attractions. Most of the tribal dances of Sambalpur district are associated with religious beliefs, tribal deities and different occasions. These colourful dances are characterised by enchanting dance steps and enthusiastic execution. A variety of musical instruments such as Tasha, Nishan, Madal, Dhole etc are used as an accompaniment in these dances which greatly augment their essence. These wondrous tribal dances also invite numerous tourists from far off regions to witness this unique part of the district culture.
Dalkhai dance is performed by the young girls of Mirdha, Soura and Binjhal tribes during the festivals like Bhaijuntia, Dussehra and others. Dalkhai songs are sung and the girls dance in a group making linear or semicircular pattern.
Humo and Bauli Dance
This is a combination of two playful dances performed by un-married and young girls in groups during special occasions. The dance is characterized by slow steps and movements.
Karma dance is one of the most celebrated dances of the district and is a colourful one. This tribal dance is performed in the honour of Karam Sain, a deity who is believed to grant children as per the tribal beliefs. The performers enter the stage in two rows. The rhythmic steps are accompanied by songs and drum beats.
Koisabadi dance is widely performed by the dancers of Bhuyan and Gond tribes. Usually male dancers participate in this dance and perform with two feet long sticks. The songs of this dance are mainly based on the eternal love stories of Radha and Krishna.
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(Last Updated on : 21-08-2014)
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