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Saora Dance

The Saora tribe of Orissa has its own typical dance form, which is performed during ceremonies and festive occasions. This dance is rather simple, requiring no particular artistic skill.

The Saora dance is performed by group of men and women. The movements are simple, with each group approaching the other alternatively in a rhythmic fashion. The dance is accompanied by the music produced by drums, brass-cymbals, brass-gongs and hide-gongs.

The dancers adorn themselves with colorful costumes. They wear feathers of white fowl and peacock on their heads. Colored cotton and silk clothes are worn as turbans by men. The women wear these clothes for covering their upper body. The dancers carry swords, sticks, umbrellas and similar tools while dancing. During the dance, they blow whistles and make peculiar sounds.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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