Raipur: On the second day of the National
Tribal Dance Festival today, folk dance competitions based on the theme
traditional festivals, rituals, harvesting, and other traditional practices were
held at 9 am.
The competitions of this category started
with Jhinjhihanna folk dance of Uttarakhand. This traditional dance of Tharu
community is performed by women in the month of Quar-Bhado to commemorate the
arrival of the new crop. Women go door-to-door to perform Jhinjhi dance and take
the donation of flour and rice with ‘ghada’on their head. Jhinjhi is considered
to be a form of divine and is customarily immersed in the river. After this
ritual, the rice and flour so collected are used to prepare a feast for people.
Similarly, the Hanna dance is performed by the men of Tharu society, in which
men go to every house and take donations of flour and rice. Uttarakhand team’s
performance was a combination of both these folk dances. Similarly, Karma dance
was presented by the participants of Chhattisgarh state.
Karma dance is performed on the day of
Ekadashi in the month of Bhaado, in the memory of King Karam Sen, to worship
Kalmi (Karam Dal tree). People of the community offer prayers and perform karma
dance throughout the night praising the deities. This folk dance gives a
message of environment conservation and love for nature. In this category,
Gusadi Dimsa was performed by the team of Telangana, Oraon by Jharkhand, Gair
Ghumra by Rajasthan, Dhamali by Jammu, and Kashmir, and Gaur Sing dance was
performed by the team of Chhattisgarh.