Danda Nacha : This is the most popular form of folk dance.Danda nacha has a
spiritual backround .According to scholars this form dance originated by Lord Siva.In the
month of Baisakha the Danduas observes a spiritual ritual and observe fasting .After
complition of Jhamu yatra they setout for public performance.During the fasting they
worship a stick know as Danda at the temple of their Goddess.Danda nacha has Diferent
aspects of the life of the rural folk.The episodes like Chadaiah Chadiani
,Patrasoura,Nabakeli,Hadi Hadiyani ,Tulabhina reflects various characters of the
District has a special type of Ghumura dance. The Shara Tribe perform this
dance. Four to ten persons dance to the tune of Gumura- a musical instruments
made of a medium sized earthen pot covered with Goat skin. This instrument is an ancient
one & the Sharas used it as Vira Badya while their tribal
chief set out for a campaign. Now we find Ghumura Groups at Hindol, Odapada, Gondia, Sadar
Changu : The Juangas
perform the Changu dance. Changu is an instrument in which goat skin is covered over a
wooden structure. The Juangs having a
group of ten to fifteen men and women dance together while the musicians play the Changu.
Changu dance is performed in the occasions like marriage, harvesting festivals, birthdays
and so on. The Juangs of Kamakhyanagar, Bhuban etc. stil kept their tradition alive.
Bandi Nacha : Bandi was the sister of Chandra Sena, the husband of Shree Radha. Bondi had love for
Shree Krishna. In the Bondi Nacha form the frustration and dismay of Bondis one
sided love for Krishna is reflected.
Odissi Kirtan : Unlike the Nadia Kirtan where the singers, Musicians and
the participants dance, the participants of Odissi Kirtan Sit in a row and perform the
Kirtan. They sing the Odissi Bhajans in the pure Odissi Style by following
raga & talas. Odissi Kirtan is performed in the occasions like
Dolo Purnima Gamha Purnima, Snana Purnima, Ratha
Yatra and many other socio religious functions.
Dhuduki Nacha : Dhuduki Nacha is displayed by to or more
persons. The players use an instruments known as Dhuduki which is made of a
medium sized wooden drum cover with iguana skin and a wooden bar in the middle of the drum
tied with metal string. The Dhuduki dancers dressed with attractive costumes
sing & dance and at the intervals play their Dhuduki.
: The Yogis or the Nathas sect play the Kendera while
begging. Kendera is a small musical instrument like violin.
: There are Kandhei Nacha Groups or Puppet
Theatres at Bhapur. This art form based on the preparation of Puppets of different charaters. The theatre group
moves from to place to place. They prepare a temporary stage and perform the historical,
Social Plays through the puppets. The puppets were controlled by threads connected with
the fingers of the puppet artists behind the back drop.
Ghoda Nacha : Ghoda Nacha is
a popular folk dance in Dhenkanal. Generally the fishermen
perform this dance. A male member of the team enters in a wooden structure of a
horse and holds it around his waist looking as if riding the horse. He dances with a
female partner with the music of trumpet and drum. Both the partner ask witty questions to
each other in their songs. While the male asks the question the female replies and
: Palla is the age old performing art. Years ago
it was performed by the males only. But with the advancement of the time the females have
come out and participated in palla. The Mahila Palla is performed exclusively by the
females. The Gayika, the Baika, the Palia and the Siri Palia all are females. The Mahila
Palla groups are found at Kamakhyanagar, Jamuna Kot, Gondia and Sadar Block.