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Indian Art and Craft – Koli Dance

Indian Art and Craft – Koli Dance

Koli Dance form is popular in the Indian States Maharashtra and Goa. It is a folk dance form of the Fishermen of Maharashtra, incorporating the elements of Sea and Fishing, that they are most familiar with.

Koli is an Indian caste normally found in Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Odisha and Jammu and Kashmir. Koli is an Agricultural Caste of Gujarat and in Coastal areas they also work as Fishermen and Agriculturist.

Both men and women perform the Koli Dance, divided into two groups with the fishermen stand in rows holding Oars in their hands. The women stand opposite to the men with their arms linked and the dancers move in unison, portraying the movement of the rowing of a Boat. The festivals of Kolis always celebrate with Koli Dance.

Watch a small video on the Koli Dance. Video used for illustration only.

Video Credit: WildFilmsIndia

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