Odisha has been shaped by the syntheses of various faiths and cultures. Therefore, the state’s cultural canvas comprises of many hues, each playing an important role in shaping its performing artsand folk dances.
Listed below are some major folk dances of Odisha. Take a look!
Gotipua – Widely regarded as the precursor to Odissi dance, the dance form involves acrobatic moves performed by young boys dressed as feminine characters. The dance form is famous in Puri and the heritage craft village of Raghurajpur, which also houses theGotipua Dance Academy.
Chhau Dance – Typical of Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, this dance form essentially depicts the movement of a soldier involved in the battlefield, albeit in rhythmic and synchronized way. The dance was believed to have been the dress rehearsal of Paikas, the warrior clan of Odisha.
Ghumura Dance – Typical of Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, this dance form essentially depicts the movement of a soldier involved in the battlefield, albeit in rhythmic and synchronized way. The dance was believed to have been the dress rehearsal of Paikas, the warrior clan of Odisha.
Ranappa – Meaning dancing on a stilt. The dance is prevalent in Ganjam district especially in the villages. Usually, the dancers enact chapters from Lord Krishna’s childhood during the performance.
Chaiti Ghoda Dance – Popular amongst the fishing community in the coastal belt, this dance form involves dancers dressed in elaborate costumes, besides being seemingly mounted on a dummy horse.
Sambalpuri Dance - Typical to western Odisha, this is one of the most popular folk dances of the state. The earthy elements and colourful costumes accompanied by rhythmic beats make it very pleasing to watch.
One can experience the vibrant and amazing folf dances at the Satkosia Sands Resort (Badmul), Similipal, Daringbadi, Belghar etc.
Catch the action of folk dance performances below in these pictures, and be enticed to witness for real.
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