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Kela Keluni



Kela Keluni is a dance form performed by the Kelas, a nomadic community of Orissa. This is performed by two artists, Kela and Keluni (the female of the tribe). Kela plays Ghuduki, a peculiar string instrument. Kela also dances and sings along with Keluni, who dominates the show with fast swaying movements of the legs, hips and head. This dance is performed in accompaniment to Kela-Keluni Geeta, a song of a special variety which is predominated by love and humor. This form of dance is on the verge of extinction though travelling troupes like Jatra adopt it occasionally.


Updated on 8th December, 2015

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