North East Day marks Hornbill Festival day 2

North East Day marks Hornbill Festival day 2
Madhya Pradesh cultural troupe performing baredi dance during the North East Day on the second day of the Hornbill festival here at Kisama on Sunday. (NP)
Correspondent Dimapur, Dec 2 | Publish Date: 12/2/2018 12:08:20 PM IST

 The North East Day (national dance and music day) marked the cultural extravaganza on the second day of the 19th Hornbill Festival at Naga Heritage village, Kisama on Sunday.

Northeastern states including cultural troupes from Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir took the stage presenting the numerous culture  in India. The event is organized by North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), Dimapur.

 Representing Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Odisha performed Dalkhai dance.This dance is usually performed on the 8th day of the full moon night of ashtami by young unmarried girls to propitiate the folk goddess Dalkhai. This dance describes the everyday life of the villagers and also to celebrate the beauty of young girls.

Madhya Pradesh represented South Zone Cultural Centre and they performed Baredi dance. The dance is performed by the Ahir community during the harvesting season in praise of Lord Krishna in the Bundelkhand region of the state. They perform in geometrical formations to create shapes like human pyramid. The main attraction of the dance is the dhera, a colourful rope circle formed by the dancers which resembles a moving wheel.

While Chhattisgarh thrilled the crowd with Panthi Nritya dance. This folk dance is basically a prominent ritual of the Satnami community of Chhattisgarh in praise of their Guru Ghasidas. The Satnamis chant his teachings and perform acrobatic patterns on the auspicious day of maag poornima around the Jaitkhamb set up.

Representing the North East Zone Cultural Centre, Jammu and Kashmir performed Rouf dance. The dance is performed only by the women folks during the harvesting season, when the holy prayer of Ramzan echoes across Kashmir valley. The young girls wear colourful Kashmiri cloaks and Poosh (a head scarf) and sway to the beats of the Rouf dance.

From the North East states, Assam performed Gumrag dance. The dance is performed by the Mishing community of Assam during the Ali Ai Ligang or spring dance festival. The dance denotes the ceremonial sowing of paddy. The whole atmosphere of the village during this time of the year is surcharged with the musical beats of the singers on one hand and the rhythmic footsteps of the dancers on the other.

Manipur showcase their skill through Thang-Ta dance. This is the martial art of Manipur practiced with swords and spear. Thang means Sword and Ta means spear. The movements with the Thang Ta are to ward off evil spirit whereas Ta is held in a position to protect.

While Manipur also performed Cheirol Jagoi dance which is also known as the stick dance is originated from Thang Ta for entertainment. This dance is performed by a skilled stick player handling 3 sticks of different sizes comprising if various steps, speedy styles of movements, enthralling numerous spectators of the world.

Meghalaya performed Wangala dance which is a tribal dance of the Garos and is performed during the Wangala festival of Meghalaya. This dance doubles up as an occasion for selecting brides and bridegroom. The dance is characterized by vigorous shuffling of feet and graceful body movements held in rhythm by the tunes of native musical instruments.

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