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Jhoomar Dance

Jhoomar Dance of Orissa

The Jhoomar dance  is a folk dance of Orissa  that is highly popular among the tribal residing in the Sundargarh district. This dance type named after the accompanying Jhoomar songs is prevalent among the Mahanta and Munda communities of the Sundargarh district. Among the Mahantas the dance is performed by the men only. Among the Mundas the singers who accompany the dancers sing songs and the dancers follow them in chorus in accompaniment of maadal. The Mundas are especially experts in Jhoomar dance having established expertise in the intricate footsteps, movement of hip and wrists and that of the body in general. One of the important tribal dances, the Jhoomar dance is highly popular in Orissa.

 

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