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The Dance

A set of three different secular festivals of Assam is termed as Bihu Dance. Performed by the young girls and boys of Assam, thid dance displays the various colors of Bihu Community.This Folk dance of Assam is enjoyed by all - yong, old rich and poor. Bihu Dance is a part of the Festival.

Bihu Dance is performed with tradiitonal folk music played with Dhol and Singor pepea. The songs and lyrics of the dance include welcome of the new year and the daily life life of a farmer in the song form.The common formation in any Bihu Dance is a Circle or the parallel rows. A dance similar to Bihu Dance is Akhu Dance which too celebrates the harvest.The characteristic feature of all Naga dancing is the use of the human figure in an erect posture with many movements of the legs and comparatively little use of the torso, and the shoulders.

Facets Of Bihu:
The word Bihu is derived from visuvan that describes a number of festivals in India.Rongali Bihu draws from many different traditions—Austro-Asiatic, Sino-Burmese and Indo-Aryan—and is celebrated with particular fervor.

Bihu Costume
Costume of Bihu Dancers
Dhoti, Gamocha and Chadar, Mekhala. are worn during the dance. Women dress themselves with Jwellery and the plaits filled with flowers. The Color of the flowers is in matching with the dress worn by the dancer.

Bihu Dance
The Dance Form of Bihu

There are two types of Bihu Dance - Khasi and Garo Bihu Dance.The Bihu dance is performed by the Chakmas during Chaitra Sankranti. The Khasi dance is characterised by brisk steppings, flinging and flipping of hands , and swaying of the hip symbolizing the fever of Spring. Garo Bihu Dance is performed by the Garos of Bihu Tribe.

The Bihu Dance begans with the songs or the Bihu Geet being sung in courtyard of the homes, a little of the dance is also done in the courtyards. It increases to community functions being held in towns and cities at a large scale. The most important part of this dance and function is that it is celeberate without the demarcation of caste and creed.

Musical Instruments in Bihu
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