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Indian Art and Craft – Dhimsa Dance

Indian Art and Craft – Dhimsa Dance

Dhimsa is a tribal dance form originated in the Koraput District in Odisha State but performed primarily by the Porja Caste women in Andhra Pradesh. It has almost become an official dance of Vishakhapatnam, blending with the culture of this region in places near Araku Valley and Borra Caves. Dhimsa is performed during festivals, weddings and during the Hunting Festival in April.

This is an expressive form of dance, where the group of dancers perform in a circle. Movement of feet and hands are its main attraction. Both men and women can perform this dance form. About 10 to 15 women normally form a chain and move according to the rhythm. They form small to large circles while dancing.

There are different versions of Dhimsa Dance like

  • Bhag Dhimsa
  • Natikari Dhimsa
  • Kunda Dhimisa
  • Pathartola Dhimisa
  • Pedda Dhimisa
  • Sambor Nisani Dhimisa
  • Bayya Dhimisa
  • Mouli Dhimisa
  • Choti Dhimisa
  • Boda Dhimisa
  • Goddi Beta Dimsa

The dancers play a drum (called Dappu) with a short stick, Tudumu, Mori, Kirdi and Jodukommulu. Music is usually played by men and the dancers perform in tune with the beats. They wear colourful dresses with earthy tones of green, red and yellow. Sarees fall just below the knee and their necks are adorned with tribal ornaments.

Read more about Dhimsa dance here

Watch a short video of the Dhimsa Dance. Video Credit: Gan Vashi Studio

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