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Dahikala, Pawadas, Lavni and Holi dance are important folk dance forms of Maharashtra.

Dhangari Gaja:

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):

These are 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.



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