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Terahtaali Dance

Terahtaali is a fascinating dance form usually practiced by the women folk of Kamad community of Rajasthan. It is performed in honor of the folk hero Baba Ramdeo.

The women squat on the floor with 'manjeeras' (cymbals) tied on their wrists, elbows and waists. In a whirl of constant and frenzied motion the dancers strike the cymbals with those they have in hands, creating a strong rhythm. They also balance pots on their heads or swords on their mouths. The male accompanists sing and play the ‘tandoora’.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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