Dance Costumes of Orissa

Chaiti Horse Dance-This folk dance is performed in the month of chaitra by the people of kaibartas caste only. This dance is conducted in honor of their community deity Vasuli devi. It is performed on the fool moon day till the eighth day of vaisakha. People are fully excited while the dance performance along with the people who are witnessing the dance all around. The dance has two artists performing one male and the other female. One plays the pipe and other plays the drum. In the beginning of the dance one can witness a man ridding on the horse wearing the headgear of a horse and trunk made out of locally available bamboo. The popular tunes are the Dhola and the Mahuri. The dance sequence is also accompanied by Co ? dancer and singer termed as Rautani and Rauta. Rautani is co- dancer and Rauta is co- singer. The beauty of the whole performance is that the local poets are given reorganization as the tuned played by these artists are composed by the local poets.

Naga Dance of Orissa- Orissa has many dance performances and every dance is performed in a unique way. This dance is performed in the religious procession of the districts of Puri. The artists conduct themselves with massive head gear which are embedded with glittering silver ornaments. Dancers cover their faces with an artificial beard hiding their identity. These dancers sometimes also carry a weapon like bamboo sticks or sometimes also original weapons like gun. The dancers dance rhythmically on the tunes of the drummer who excites the dancers to the beats and in result the dancers go crazy and indulge themselves into the dance.

Dalkhai Dance of Orissa-This beautiful sequence is performed by the young teenaged girls. Most suitable time for its performance is the Dusserah but it is also conducted on the other occasions. In this dance the young girls present various scenes from Hindu mythology which includes episodes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and life of Krishna which are the most popular. The women dress themselves in traditional jewellery and colorful attire with a scarf usually draped on the shoulders and the ends held with both hands. In this way they are able to sustain the strain of the dance for long hours. The dance itself is well complimented by an orchestral folk music comprising of a Dhol, Nisan (a typical drum made of iron frame), Tamki (a tiny one sided drum played with two drumsticks) and various other instruments. The tempo is controlled by the Dhol player who himself dances in front of the girls. It is known as Dalkhai as in the beginnig of each stanza the word is used to address a girlfriend.