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Gowari Dance

Gowari is a popular dance form of the Bhil tribe in the southern part of Rajasthan. It is a form of dance drama in which the dance troupes move from village to village for a month while the nine functionaries follow a strict regimen.

During the performance of various episodes, the entire troupe dances around a central spot consecrated to a deity. The main characters are Rai Buriya Shiva, his two ‘Rais’, and ‘Katkuria’, the comic handyman. The dance is accompanied by a ‘madal’ and a ‘thali’.

Updated on 11th November, 2014


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