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Changu Dance

Changu Dance, also known as Juang Dance, is a popular dance form native to Orissa. It derives its name from a kind of drum called Changu (Tambourine), which invariably accompanies the dance. This dance is more popular among the Bhuyans tribes. The dance is performed only by women. Men only sing songs, play on the Changu and move with the female dancers with simple steps. The female dancers dance in a half-sitting position with swaying and sometimes jerky movements. The male dancers perform vigorous stunts in which they leap into the air and make wide circling movements. The women cover up their persons with long local made Saree and only their bangled hands and feet remain visible.

Other musical instruments used include Badakatha (Drum), Dhola (Small drum) and Madala. Changu Dance is usually performed in the occasions like marriage, harvesting festivals and birthdays.

Updated on 27th April, 2015


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