Dance >> Folk and Tribal Dances of
FOLK DANCES OF
Dahikala, Pawadas, Lavni and Holi dance are important folk dance
forms of Maharashtra.
Dhangari Gaja is performed by Dhangars (Shepherds) of
Sholapur District of Maharastra. The Dhangars rear sheep and
goats to make their living. The surrounding green pastures and
evergreen trees inspire them to compose poetry. The poetry is in
a form called ‘Ovi’ which is made up of couplets. Sometimes
fantastical stories are also told through this form. Tales
of the birth of their God "Biruba" are found in simple and
earthy lines. Once every year the Dhangars return home to
honour 'Biruba'. They spend their time with their families and
beloved ones. The Dhangari Gaja dance is performed to please
their God for His blessings. Dhangars dance in traditional
Marathi dresses - dhoti, Angarakha and Pheta with colourful
handkerchiefs. Dancers move around a group of drum players.
Dindi and Kala (Dahikala):
religious devotional dances which describe the playful attitude
of Lord Krishna. Dindi is a small drum, like a 'Tamate'. The
musicians in the centre, comprising of a 'Mridangam' player and
a vocalist, give the dancers surrounding them the necessary
musical background. This is usually performed on the Ekadashi
day in the month of Kartik.
This dance emphasises erotic, acrobatic movements and
gestures. Tarpha Nach or Pavri Nach: This dance is typical of
the Kokna tribals found in the hilly regions of the Northwest.
The dance is accompanied by the tarpha or pavri, a wind
instrument made of dried gourd.