DANCES OF ARUNACHAL PRADESH

1WANCHO DANCE:   The Wancho Tribes perform dances during appropriate occasions like festivals, ceremonies, etc. Ozele festival of Wanchos is celebrated in February-March after the sowing of millets. It lasts for four days and was observed in Longkhau village. The dance is performed from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. inside the chief’s house.

 

 

 

 


 

2KHAMPTI DANCE:  It is one of the well known folk dances performed and practiced by the Khampti community of the state. Some of the Dramas of this community are even titled according to the name of the community. Khampti dance is generally performed during the religious festivals of Potwah, Sankian or Khamsang. This dance constitutes the entertainment part of the festivals. The dance is termed as ‘ka’ and the dance-drama is called ‘kapung’ in which ‘ka’ means dance and ‘pung’ is the story.

 

 

 


 

3BUIYA DANCE:   The Digaru Mishmis have two types of dances called Buiya and Nuiya. The Buiya dance has two kinds of movements and is performed for entertainment while the Nuiya is a ritual dance performed by a priest. It is performed on any festival occasion like the Duiya, Tazampu, Tanuya festivals. All such dances are performed for the prosperity and good health of the performer and his household. The dance is also performed after a feast that is arranged by the family to entertain fellow villagers.

 

  

 


 

4PONUNG DANCE:   Ponung Dance is popular and the most common folk art form. It is traditionally the folk dance of the Adi community, who are known for their rich cultural way of living. The Adi village and its tribal people have gained popularity due to this very Ponung, which is quite a lively dance accompanied by mesmerizing songs. It is exhibited during the festival that is celebrated before harvesting. This dance is performed on all important and auspicious occasions. The performance draws an impressive number of tourists from various parts of the country.

  

 


 

aji lamuuAJI LAMU DANCE:   The Aji Lamu is a folk dance which evolved amongst the tribe of the Monpa tribe. These are usually group dances and are indeed very entertaining in totality. The group dance forms that they perform have masks of animals and many props like sticks, etc. are used which make them even more interesting to watch. Aji Lamu is highly acclaimed and appreciated regionally, nationally and internationally.

 

 

 


 

chaloCHALO DANCE:   The Chalo is a folk dance form of the Nocte tribe. The Nocte tribe celebrates the three day long festival of Loku and during the festival, this particular form of folk dance is widely showcased by the inhabitants of this tribe. A grand feast is organized during this festival, which is followed by Chalo Dance. It is performed throughout the night and enlivens the environment with its rhythm.

 

 

 


 

5HIIRII KHANIING DANCE:  This dance is a form of folk dance which is one of the cultural showcases of the Apatani tribe. The mentioned dance is usually a group dance where men and women participate with equal vigor. This particular dance form is inspired by the dance performed by Buddhists in the earlier times. The folk dance is aimed towards complete merriment and socialization in the community by the Apatani tribe in a major way. Its not just a dance but a way which was also used to disseminate a social message on the success of goodness over the evil.

 

 


  

6LION AND PEACOCK DANCE:   The dance is a form of folk dance which is practiced by the Monpa tribe of the Tawang area. It depicts stories of animals and the dancers imitate gait and movements of the animals. The dancers wear masks resembling cock and lion heads. Gongs and cymbals accompany the dance.

 

 

 

 


 

7PASI KONGKI DANCE:   It is a traditional and popular folk dance of Adi Tribes. In this dance, the song narrates the picturesque social activities of the Pasi of Siang valley. Here Aabang (song) narrates how the Pasi used to march on foot from their homeland to the plains to procure iron etc. from the market ,traversing hazardous up and down hills. After procuring iron from the plains, they used to bring them to Pasi Mide (Pasi Smith) who in turn used to manufacture, shape and sharpen plenty of daos.

 

 

 


 

8POPIR DANCE:   The Galo tribes were a god fearing set of people and believed that if god was with them nobody can be against them. The Popir dance has its origin in that belief of the Galos. The Mopin festival is the harvest festival of Adi Tribes. They celebrate this festival and thank God for the hearty harvest to continue to shower his mercy on them. The Mopin festival is also celebrated to drive away evil and bring in good things.

 

 

 


 

9IGU DANCE:   The Igu Dance is performed by Idu Mishmis. This dance is said to have been introduced in the hope of expelling illness. The dance is still performed in the back parlors of private houses upon request as a way of driving away evil spirits on January 14. In Idu Mishmi society is believed that every house has a domestic spirit apart from other spirits which are also believed to be guardian of whole village.

 

 

 


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ROPPI DANCE:   It is an indigenous folk dance performed by Nyishi tribes.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

11REKHAM PADA:   It is a folk dance by Nyishi Community which they perform during the festival, important functions and other social ceremonies. This dance expresses that one should not undermined or underestimate any individual as the temperament of an individual lies inside; it is conveying message that we should respect each other.

 

 

 

 


 

12YAK DANCE:   The Yak Dance is one of the most famous dances of the Buddhist Tribes. The masked dancer represents the members of a family who are said to have discovered the Yak with the help of a magical bird many hundred years ago. The discovery of Yak resolved the family‘s internal property disputes and provided a permanent source of wealth and property to the entire community.

 

 

 


 

13HURKANI DANCE:   The Hurkani Dance is the most famous dance of Apatani Tribe living in Subansiri District. This dance is performed during Dree festival every year. In this dance performance all of people belong to community can participate both male and female. This tribe is a strict follower of the rituals and religious terms and conditions to impress their deity for better luck.

 

 

 


 

14BARDO CHHAM DANCE:   Bardo Chham is a folk dance of Sherdukpens, a small community of West Kameng. Bardo Chham is based on the stories of good and evil. According to the local beliefs there are both good and evil men. The Sherdukpens mask themselves representing different animals and dance to show an act of fighting the evil forces.

 

 

 


 

15KA FIFAI DANCE:   The Ka Fifai drama is a special folk dance existing in the tribal groups of Arunachal. It goes around the kidnapping of a girl by a group of ghosts and the way in which the girl is saved and brought back and the ghost taught a lesson. This drama is built around the traditional belief that girls are kidnapped by ghosts and are played often during festivals and other reasons to bring awareness amongst the public.

 

 

 


 

16SADINUKTSO (AKAS) DANCE:   The Akas have a number of dances for the different socio-religious festivities. One of the well known dances among the Akas is the Sadinuktso. A member from the boy’s group comes forward, gives a performance for a short while and recedes. A girl then comes and she also dances all alone. This relation goes on till all the boys and girls of the group have danced. It is generally performed in marriages, guest, and entertainments or on the construction of a new house.

 

 

 


 

17IDU MISHMI RITUAL DANCE:   The Idu-Mishmis have a ritual dance and a fertility dance. The ritual dance is performed by the priest and priestess in the ceremony and the fertility dance is performed on the last day of the Rren ceremony. There is no definite myth about the origin of the ritual dance. This dance is associated with the priestly office.