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Dhap Dance

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Preliminary   > Art and Culture   >   Dance forms   >   Regional dance forms

Why in news?

  • The covid-19 pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to Dhap tribal dance as the performers could not be arranged

About Dhap Dance:

  • Dhap Dance also called Sambalpuri folk dance is mostly performed by the Kandha tribe of Kosal region in Odisha.
  • Both men and women participate in the dance.
  • The dance is performed during marriage ceremony and during the main festival of the Oriyas ie 'Nuakhai'.
  • The dance is named so because of the accompanying instrument called 'Dhap.'
    • The dhap is in the shape of a Khanjari made up of wood with one side open and the other side covered with a piece of animal skin.
  • The dhap dancer holds the dhap with his left hand, the sling slung over his left shoulder, and beats with his right as well as left hand.
  • Tribals also worship the local God through the medium of dhap dance.


Consider the following pairs:

Folk Dance     : State

1. Ghumura    : Haryana

2. Dhap           : Odisha

3. Cheraw       : Mizoram

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 2 only

(d) 1,2 and 3