RANCHI - Art & Culture
The traditional dance forms of Ranchi and its surrounding areas depict warriorlike movements of battles fought in ancient times, animal and bird behavior. The dances depict different emotions like joy, sorrow & anger. The dancers convey these emotions beautifully through these dances. Some of the popular dance forms of this place are:
Chhau - The word is derived from the Sanskrit word Chhaya meaning shade, image, or mask. It is vibrant dance portraying the daily activities of the tribal folk –working in the fields, in the forests, in their homes, etc
Santhal - It is a group dance performed by the Santhal tribes of this region, during all festivals and special occasions. The dance reflects the culture and traditions of the local tribes. Colourful costumes & body decorated with flowers are the main attractions of this dance form.
KarmaKarma - is another popular folk dance of Ranchi and its nearby areas, performed in the month of August during the Karma festival. The name has been derived from a tree named Karma which symbolizes good luck and prosperity and hence is considered sacred.