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Lebong Boomani Dance

Lebong Boomani Dance is performed by the Tripuri tribes of Tripura. The period after the Garia festival, insects called ‘Lebang’ used to visit the hill slopes in search of seeds sewn on it. The women folk run towards the hill slopes to catch hold of the insects when the men make a peculiar rhythmic sound with two bamboo sticks in their hands. The insects come out, attracted by the sound, and the women catch them.

Though there has been great changes in this practice with changing times, the tribes still preserve memories of this merrymaking. This is enacted in the Lebong Boomani dance. Musical instruments like khamb made of bamboo, flute, sarinda, lebang made of bamboo and bamboo cymbal are used as accompaniment to the dance.

Updated on 22nd April, 2019

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