Tribal Dances & Festivals

Tribal Dances & Festivals, Each tribal groups has its own stock of folk dances which are attractive as much for the flowing movements as for the colouful costumes and the earthy quality of the accompanying music. 

Bodo Dances

Bodo dances: Some of the important dances of the Bodos are associated with the Kherai Puja festivals are ritualistic in nature. The samanastic dances are pertbrmed by the deodhani (female shaman) in a state of trance, often with vigorous movements of the head, tossing and swinging the disheveled hair. Similar deodhani dances are in vogue among other tribal groups and also sections of the non-tribals.

Tribal Dances & Festivals
Bodo dances

A most graceful and captivating dance of the Bodos is the famous Bagurumba dance maidens. In this dance full of rhythm and vivacity, the dancers hop and swing, bend and unbend, and at times give the impression of fluttering butterflies. Various dances are performed on the Rabha Bailchu and Pharkanti festivals. In some of these dances performed by mixed groups of boy s and girls, the dancers carry swords and shields, and in some other, peculiar wood and bamboo musical instruments with toy figures of birds that are made to flap their wings with the beating of the time.

Mishing Dances

Mishing dances: The best Mishing dances form integral parts of the two major

Tribal Dances & Festivals
Mishing festivals

Mishing festivals: Ali-Ai-Lvigang, and Po-rag. Hunting, fishing, arrow shooting, rowing, weaving, transplanting and harvesting etc. are artistically depicted in the Ali-Ai-Lvigang dances in which all people married and single — dance in rows and circles. In Po-rag, there take place lively' friendly competition in dancing and drumming. 

Dances of Tiwa

Tribal Dances & Festivals
Dances of Tiwa

Dances of Tiwa: While the hill Tiwas have some impressive dances connected with the Sagra-misawa. Wan-sawa and Langkhun Puja ceremonies, the most interesting dances of the plains Tiwas are adjuncts of the Barat-puja ceremony, featuring the use of a peculiar musical instrument called sarai-lau and of masks representing various gods and animals. 

Karbi Dances

Tribal Dances & Festivals
Karbi Dances

Karbi dances: Of the many folk dances of the Karbis, perhaps the most important are those of a ritualistic nature centering round the Chomanhkan, the elaborate death ceremony. Banjar kekan is a hilarious all male dance in which specially decorated bamboo poles figure prominently. In Nimso-kerang dance, the contents of the accompanying songs are highly erotic. In the dance, while the young men hold shields and sticks in their hands, the girls, their heads covered with black scarves. Hachcha-kekan is another boisterous group dance performed on the occasion of the harvest festival. The plains karbis have a different set of songs and dances, one of the most spectacular involving the stepping in and out of spaces between bamboo poles held and moved rhythmically on the ground. 

Dimasa Dances

Tribal Dances & Festivals
Dimasa Dances

Dimasa dances: The Dimasas of Diana Hsao (formerly N.C.Hills) district have ritualistic dances per-formed in ceremonies like Rajini Gabra and Harni Gabra in which the oracle takes part in a state of possession. The group dance of boys and girls in the harvest festival Busu has most interesting rhythmic and choreographic patterns fitted to the haunting music of the peculiar Dimasa pipe called muri.