Curated by Leela Samson

Odisha is a land of art and culture, where many folk dance forms have evolved in different regions of the state. Vividh Varna comprises the dance forms of Gotipua, Danda Nata, Sambalpuri and Ghumara, representing the myriad of hues and colours of the folk culture of Odisha. Gotipua is a traditional dance form performed in Odisha for centuries by young boys, who dress as girls to serve in Vaisnavite religious festivals. “Danda Nata” is a popular folk dance of Odisha which derives its origin from the ‘Saiba Purana’ i.e the mythological history of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati. It is also linked with the socio-agricultural scenario. When the Earth is ripe with the harvest and the oceans of paddy sways madly in the wind, the first cut of fragrant grain is offered to Goddess Lakshmi and a jubilant community sings and dances at the prospect of renewed prosperity. Ghumura is a traditional dance of Kalahandi in Odisha and performed with great pomp and ceremony in each and every village of Kalahandi.

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