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Capital crowd dances to different beats

- Rhythm binds states on same platform

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 12: Twinkle toes dancing to pulsating drum beats and foot-tapping tunes from different corners of the country made the National Tribal Dance Festival a memorable affair.

Artistes representing different tribes from five states took part in this festival organised by the state SC and ST Development Department and the Indira Gandhi Manav Sangrahalaya, National Anthropological Museum, Bhopal.

The three-day festival concluded at Utkal Mandap in the city on Wednesday evening.

For the first time, the tribal dance festival included troupes from tribal communities all over India. There were troupes from Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Manipur and Assam apart from more than a dozen tribal dance teams from the state. On the inaugural day, the audience got a chance to watch the colourful Hojagiri dance of Tripura and dances of the Durua and Kondh tribal communities of Odisha.

While the subtle movements and balancing stunts with acrobatics of the men and women in Hojagiri dance received immense applause, the music and rhythmic steps of the Odisha tribal dances won appreciation of the audience.

On the following two days, there were dances by tribes such as Kotas from Tamil Nadu, Bodo from Assam, Chothe and Kom from Manipur. Tribal dances from Odisha such as the Gadua by Lamtaput of Koraput district, Paraja Rinjedi of Kundura block of Koraput, Santal dance from Mayurbhanj, Bonda Niney dance by tribals from Mudulipada in Malkangiri and the popular Ho dance Rairangpur tribals.

The open-air auditorium was jam packed on all three days with most of the audience being youngsters.

“The dances of the tribal communities provided information about their lifestyle and customs,” said Sabyasachi Jena, a young visitor.

Commissioner of tribal affairs Santosh Kumar Sarangi said a full-house at the state- level editions encouraged the department to launch a national festival.