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About The Kalbeliya Dance

Context:

Recently, during the Rajasthan International Folk Festival, artists performed the Kalbeliya dance.

Relevance:

GS I: Art and Culture

Kalbeliya Dance:

  • Origin:
    • Folk dance originating from Rajasthan, India.
  • Alternate Names:
    • Also known as ‘Sapera Dance’ or ‘Snake Charmer Dance.’
  • Performed by Kalbelia Tribe:
    • Particularly performed by the Kalbelia tribe, a Rajasthani community.
  • UNESCO Recognition:
    • Included in UNESCO’s representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2010.
  • Performance Dynamics:
    • Features male musicians playing traditional instruments.
    • Female dancers are the main performers, showcasing one of the most sensuous dances in Rajasthan.
  • Mimicking Serpent Movements:
    • Female dancers replicate the movements of a serpent through their dance and swirling.
  • Costumes and Jewellery:
    • Dancers wear brightly colored skirts, blouses, and heavy traditional jewellery.
  • Instruments:
    • Male musicians play various instruments, including the dhol (drum), pungi (snake charmer’s pipe), and khanjari (tambourine).

-Source: The Hindu


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