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Bhavai: A dance of balancing pictchers on the head

5/1/2013 12:45:00 AM

Bhavai is an ancient dance genre which is very popular in the state of Rajasthan. People believe that this dance originated in the state of Gujarat but very soon the Rajasthani people acquired the mastery on this dance form. Latter it became a part of the state’s culture. This folk dance is supported by many communities. They are Jat, Bhil, Raigar, Meena, Kumhar, and Kalbelia. Kalbelia communites are snake charmers and they have extraordinary skill for this dance. The women take part in this dance. During the performance 8 to 9 pitchers are placed on their heads. They have to balance these pitchers while dancing. They can swing their arms or they can beat the floor with their feet. In addition to that they can also walk on the naked sword or they can walk on the brass plate. The spectators are so amazed by the performance that they start bitting their nails. In this state the women fetch water from long distances. They carry the picters on their heads. Through this constant

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Dollu Kunitha: A group dance of Karnataka

5/2/2013 5:58:00 AM

Dollu Kunitha is the most popular and a famous dance of Karnataka.It is performed mainly by men and women of the Kuruba community of Nothern Karnataka. It is performed in order to please the God Beereshwara or Beeralingeswara. Dollu is actually a drum like instrument which is used for music. There are several stories attached to this dance form. These stories involve God Shiva. It is performed at holy places.  The theme for this dance is based on 'Halumatha (Kuruba) Purana' which is passed from generation to generation in oral form. It is drum dance. The group consists of twelve to sixteen dancers. There is a leader in the center who controls the actions of the perfromers.The dance consists of quick movements and synchronized group formations. Dollu can be found hanging around the neck of the dancer during the dancer performance so it requires that the dancer should be physically strong.   These instruments used are trumpets, gong and flute. This dance is also accompan

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Ghambira: A devotional folk dance raises social issues of the society

5/6/2013 7:29:00 AM

Ghambira is a devotional folk dance which is very popular in West Bengal.It is performed during Chadak festival in the month of March-April. It is known as a devotional folk dance because it is performed to worship Goddess Shakti. It is known as Ghambira because it is performed at the hall of dance of Chandi Mandir and is called as Gambhira. This people believe that this hall has been constructed as an exbhition area. This art is a mixture of dance, music, songs and dialogue which transforms it into a folk play. There are only two dancers who perfrom this dance. One of them is called the Nana (maternal grandfather) and the other is known as Nati (grandson). Both of them use dailouges to express their feelings and show their role in the society in financial and physical aspects. The dialogue can be in the form of prose or verse. This dance is also known as narrative Ghambira. When the chorus repeats the two actors dance on the music. Another kind of Ghambira which focuses on God

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Veeragase dance: An aggressive and vigorus dance difficult to perfect

5/7/2013 6:17:00 AM

Veeragase is a mythological, vigorus, aggressive and an ancient folk dance. It is only found in Karnataka and it is very popular here. Veeragase is the name of the garment worn by a soldier when he is at war. Veeragase was a geart warrior who was created by the sweat of Lord Shiva. Mythological stories state that when Lord Shiva got angry by the news of death of her wife Sati he got angry and started dacing Tandav a dance form and a drop of sweat fell on the earth and created Veeragase. He was a geart warrior.This dance form is realted to Hindhu community. It got it foundation from the dance named “Veerabhadra Kunita”. A visible difference between these two dances is that “Veerabhadra Kunita” is a solo dance and Veeragase is performed with two to six members. It is mandatory that the number of dancers should be even. Another important fact is that it is performed by a community names the Veerashaivas. They are the worshippers of Lord Shiva and Veerabhadra. Thi

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Bangladeshi Post Wedding Rituals

5/20/2013 6:41:00 AM

The post wedding rituals is a grand affair and consists of many rituals. These rituals add a great charm in the post wedding ceremony. This ceremony is characterised by huge arrangements and gathering. Here is a brief description of the post wedding rituals you would find in a Bangladeshi wedding. All these rituals are organised at the groom’s house. Vidaai ceremony This is the most important post wedding ritual. In this ritual the bride comes out from the wedding venue and proceeds for the groom’s house. Before uniting with the groom the bride offers rice to her mother which signifies that all the debts are nullified at her parent’s house. Next she leaves for the groom house. This is the end of wedding rituals. Bouboron The bride receives a grand welcome at the groom’s house. Before entering in the house she dips her feet into a solution called aalta. After dipping she starts walking towards the groom house. She also leaves the marks of her handpr

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Tibet Post Wedding Rituals

5/22/2013 7:30:00 AM

In Tibet, a new couple is not allowed to leave their home for three whole days—a test for both of them as to the strength of the marriage. If they persist, then Tibetans believe that their marriage will last forever. The bride leaves her family’s house with her face covered by a cloth. She remains that way until she arrives at her husband’s house (often his parents house). Sometimes a man with a sword is presents a the husband's house. He is there to keep evil spirits away. After the wedding ceremony, the newly married couple went immediately to the bridal chamber, where they both climbed into the bridal bed. Some ancient newlyweds shared honey and wine served from two glasses linked together with red thread, sipping first before exchanging glasses to finish the wine. The bridal chamber remained open to all visitors during the entire wedding day and sometimes this open visitation lasted as long as three days. No doubt, a great deal of good-natured but humorou

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