Dances of Arunachal Pradesh.

Dance in Arunachal Pradesh has variegated forms. The tribes whose list of dances have been mentioned here are the Tangsas, Singphos, Noctes, Wanchos, Idu Misimis, Digaru Misimis, Khamptis, Minyongs, Padams, Gallongs, Khampas, Membas, Apatanis, Daflas, Hill Miris, Tagins, Akas, Mijis, Monpas, Sherdukpens and Khowas.

Niranjan Sarkar , the research scholar of Arunachal Government [1974] elaborated on the ritual dances of Arunachal Pradesh that many tribes avoid performing the ritual dances out of season as they are apprehensive that such performance might vex the deities , who would punish them by visiting them with calamities. So it is not possible to witness all the ritual dances of all these communities . However Mr Sarkar gave a clean sketch on the dances of Arunachal Pradesh for the first time in the history of Arunachal Pradesh.

The dances of Arunachal Pradesh can be divided into four groups. In the first group the ritual dances are counted. This ritual dance group can again be divided into five sub groups. The first sub group includes those dances which form part of the various rituals performed to secure prosperity, good health and happiness of the dancer, his family, village or whole community. The second sub group comprises those dances performed in ceremonies related to agriculture and domestication of animals to secure a good harvest and increase of domestic animals respectively. The third sub group is associated with the funeral ceremony when the soul is guided by the priest to its abode in the land of the dead and to prevent it from hunting its old residence. It is generally believed if the soul returns to its old home , the bereaved family suffers diseases and death. The fourth sub group consists of the fertility dances. These are magical in the sense that the imitation of the movements of coition is believed to promote fertility. War dances make the fifth sub group ,it is performed when an expeditionary party was successful in killing an enemy. This war dances were performed in return of the victors so that the spirit of the slain could do no harm to the slayer.

Festive dances are counted in the second major group which are treated as recreational part of a particular festival. The third major group consist the same recreational dances which are not related to any festival or ritual. These are practiced to express the mirth of the participants. The fourth group is the pantomimes and dance dramas which narrate a mythical story or illustrate a moral.

List of Tribal festivals and tribal dances

Dances of Tangas

1. Kukjong festival and dance.
2. Changphang festival and Sapoloro dances.
3. Mol festival and dance.
4. Shamma ceremony and dance.
5. Maikhukhip ceremony and dance.
6. Khatang ceremony and dance.

Dances of Wanchos

1. Ozele festival and dance.
2. Hambowshon dance.
3. Dongthangpu dance.
4. Gallangpu dance.

Dances of Singphos

1. Manglup ceremony and dances.

Dances of Noctes

1.Orang festival and dance.
2. Ranglih Loku and Chaloh Loku festival and dance.
3.Humhonbuong dance.
4.Samchumin festival and dance.
5.Demohchong ceremony and dance.
6.Mangbuong dance.
7.Ranvanbuong dance.
8.Pungtu festival and dance.

Dances of Idu Misimis

1. Ritual dance.
2. Fertility dance.

Dances of Digaru Misimis

1. Buiya dance.
2. Nuiya dance.

Dances of Khamptis

1.Ka Fifai dance-drama.
2.Ka Mukchu dance drama.
3.Ka Kongtukai dance.
4.Chouliuchiyen dance drama.

Dances of Padams

1.Delong dance.
2.Solung Ponung festival and dance.
3.Elong dance.
4.Epak ceremony and dance.
5.Keming Inam dance.
6.Meosong Delong dance.

Dances of Minyongs

1.Delong dance.
2. Solung dance.
3.Luman ponung dances.
4.Koyning ceremony and dances.
5.Dongkong ceremony and dance.
6.Meosong ceremony and dance.

Dances of Gallongs

1.Tanununam dance.
2.Shoinoabla Niosohodu and Nipala Niosohodu ceremonies and
3.Amisenom dances.
4.Ponung dances.

Dances of Khampas

1. Troh dances.
2. Guru Chenji pantomime.
3. Lha Tamdring pantomime.
4. Pado or Sethoh pantomime.

Dances of Membas

1.Broh dance.
2.Bardo Pantomime.

Dances of Apatanis

1.Amualu dance Dri festival.
2.Taktamo dance &
3.Hurukhandu dance – Moron festval.
4.Ropi ceremony and dance.

Dances of Daflas

1.Buiyasodon dance.
2.Ropsodon dance.
3.Yab worshiping dance.
4.Northon dance.

Dances of Hill Miris

1.Boyen or Kuba Tendone dance.
2.Pojuk dance.
3.Nitin dance.
4.Ponung dances.

Dances of Tagins

1.Koinereto and Hurrugumte dances of marriage ceremony.
2.Nibutamu dance.

Dances of Akas

1.Niuksidou dance.
2.Fachosum ceremony and dance.
3.Dogohdou dance.

Dances of Mijis

1.Jei dances.
2.Dhoromjih ceremony and dance.
3.Dommadeiniuwai ceremony and dance.

Dances of Monpas

1.Kiengpa dance.
2.Broh dance.
3.Monastic dances.
4.Yak Pantomime.
5. Deer Pantomime.
6.Jeipuh and Jeimuh Pantomime.

Dances of Sherdukpens

1.Jiji Sukham or Yak Pantomime.
2.Ajilamu Pantomime.
3.Jik Cham or deer Pantomime.
4.Jachung Cham or Bird Pantomime.
5.Kiengpa dance.
6.Brohpu dances.

Dances of Khowas

1.Clown dance.
2.Gasisiu dances.
3.Chasoai ceremony and dances.


Author: Christopher Fernandes30 Jan 2011 Member Level: Silver   Points : 1

This is really awsome and interesting and here by call every state culture to be highlighted here on assamspider where in people can know the Culture and the new generation keep the treasure of their tribes alive. Am sure we all can contribute for the same if we have the details.

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