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Sambalpuri Dance At Kala Bhoomi

Updated: Jul 20, 2018

Sambalpuri folk dance owes its origin to the western part of Odisha. This dance is usually performed during festivals such as Dusshera. The most exciting and popular presentation is ‘Dalkhai’. Scintillating movements of feet, punctuated with teaming pauses, are its striking feature. Deriving its name from the presiding deity of ‘Samalai’, Sambalpur has a distinct cultural identity of its own.


The young women dance and sing intermittently. The songs are of special variety with the additive 'Dalkhai Go' which is an address to a girlfriend. While dancing to the uncanny rhythms of the Dhol, they place the legs close together and bend the knees. In another movement they move forward and backward in a half-sitting position. Sometimes they make concentric circles clockwise and anti-clockwise. The women generally dress themselves in colourful Sambalpuri Saris and wear a scarf on the shoulders holding the ends below in both the hands. The love story of Radha and Krishna, the episodes from Ramayana and Mahabharat , the description of natural scenery are represented through the songs !



Kala Bhoomi hosted the Sambalpuri Dance Performance for its Museum Walkers and visitors on 16th June 2018 as part of its inaugural walk ! This cultural initiative is supported by Odisha Tourism and Detour Odisha .



Cultural Troupe :

Sambalpur Tribal & Folk Art Centre , Sambalpur


Photos By : detourodisha.com