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Koli Dance

Koli Dance is named after Kolis - the fisher folk of Maharashtra, who are noted for their vigorous dances. Performed by men and women, the dance incorporates elements which are most familiar with the sea and their occupation of fishing.

The dancers are divided into two groups with the fishermen standing in 2 rows holding oars in their hands and moving in union, representing the movement of the rowing of a boat. While the fisherwomen stand in opposite rows by joining their arms moving towards men folk. Finally, they dance together with movements symbolizing the waves.

Updated on 30th June, 2014


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