20 May 2018

Ghoda Nacha - ଘୋଡ଼ା ନାଚ

Ghoda Nacha (Odia: ଘୋଡ଼ା ନାଚ) is a folk dance of Odisha, a unique form of performing arts. This dance form is essentially a folk dance form of the fishermen community of Odisha. The fisherman community in Odisha is known as the Keutas in Odia.

A male artist enters within a decorated dummy horse or Ghoda and dance to songs written in the dialect of the community. They learn this dance from their forefathers. This performance is known as Chaiti Ghoda. This dance form was originally performed only during the eight-day festival of Chaitra Purnima by the Keuta community members.

* All these photographs are taken by Arabinda Mohanty.

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