National Dance Fiesta showcases 12 dances

Binu Shrestha

danceKathmandu, July 6:National Dance Fiesta 2019 organised at Rastriya Nachghar, Jamal on Monday. Various forms of dance performances by seven province’s artists were held on the occasion. The event was organised by National Academy of Music and Drama to promote, preserve and to make overall development of music and dance genres of the country.

On the occasion, only representative dances were performed at a single stage after the selection of various dances across the country. Altogether, 12 kinds of dance forms were performed by the artists.
Charya Austamarika Devi Dance: In Austramarika dance, deep reverence is shown to Goddess and it is performed with tantra postures. Long time ago, kings of Patan had established eight Goddesses of four directions and they worshipped to protect Patan state. Late king Shree Niwas Malla started Austamatrika Devi dance in 1720. The dance is still regularly performing during Dashain festival from Ghasthapana to Bijayadashami.
Sorathee Dance: It is a group dance which is famous in mid-hilly region. It is performed with the ritual prayer method. Artists perform the role of King Jyaishange, princes, Sorathee, main head Brijbharm Bidushak and joker. It is very popular folk dance of the Gurung as well as of Magar community of Nepal.
Jat Jatin Dance: This dance is most popular folk dance of Maithali community. The song which sings during Jat Jatin dance is called “Bhumara”. Jat Jatin dance performed when water did not fall during monsoon season. It is believed that the rain fall after performed this dance.
Raute Dance: Raute, the indigenous group lived in far-western and mid-western’s Dailekha, Humla, Jumla and karnali district’s jungle. The Raute dance is performed by making circle with the drummers and a lead singer. Tree chopping and make wood pots are the main occupation of them. They eat white monkey.
Sakela Dance: Kirat Rai community performs Sakela dance performed by large groups of wearing their traditional attire. “Sakela” is the god which worship by Rai as a form of nature and land. This dance is performed in Ubhauli in spring season.
Namsewal Dance: This dance is staged during the Kirat community festival. The meaning of Namseal in Kirat Sunuwar language is “Namaste” in Nepali language. It admires the Kirat Sunuwar caste related festival and attires through the song in Namsewal dance.
Ghatu Dance: Gharu dance is famous among the Gurung, Magar, Dari, Tharu Kumhale who have been living in mid-hilly zones of west Nepal. This dance is started with the devotional process.
Deuda Dance: This dance is performed in a large group with the songs of Mid-western and Far-western Hills of Nepal. Love related duties song, religion, history and social ill practices and other social issues presented in the Deuda songs.
Kaura Dance: A Kaura lyric is famous in the Magar community living in Tanahu district of central area. This dance performed in several occasion by gathering youth boys and girls. Boy’s sing song with playing ‘baijadi’ a musical instrument. And, girls performed dance in the musical tone of baijadi by making group.
Tappa Dance: It is famous in mid-hilly parts of Rapti and Bheri of mid-western Nepal. It is performed in every season to express happiness and is popular among the Gurung community.
Tamang Dance: Tamang selo dance is performed by the Tamang men and women in several tones of ‘damphu’ and Tamang sello song. It performed every season in special occasion like- marriage ceremony, festival and fair.
Jhaure Dance: It is famous in hilly districts of mid-western of the Nepal. The songs and the dance are performed in several fairs and fiesta and occasional times to celebrate happiness.

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