FOLK DANCES OF INDIA – BIHU
The Bihu dance is a folk dance from the Indian state of Assam, religon related to the festival of Bihu.This joyous dance is performed by both young men and women, and is characterized by brisk dance steps, and rapid hand movement. Dancers wear traditionally colorful Assamese clothing and perform the bihu dance.
The Bihu is a group dance in which males and females dance together but maintain different gender roles. In general, females follow stricter line or circle. The male dancers and musicians enter the dancing area first, and they maintain their lines and follow synchronized patterns. When the female dancers enter later the male dancers break up their lines to mingle with the female dancers, who maintain their stricter formations and order of the dance. The dance is usually characterized by definite postures, movements of the hips, arms, wrists, twirls, squats and bends but no jumps. Male and female dance movements are very similar, with only minor but subtle differences.
The dance is performed in accompaniment with traditional Bihu music. The most important musicians are the drummers (dhulia), who play a particular twin faced drum, the dhol, slung from the neck and played with one stick and a palm. There are usually more than one dhulia in a performance and they play different rhythms and compositions at different sections of the performance.These rhythmic compositions called ‘seus’ are traditionally codified. Before entering the dancing area, the drummers play a short and brisk rhythm.