The Songi Mukhota tribal dance of Maharashtra where the masks and costumes weigh up to 10 kg

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Subodh Pramanik and his troupe from Maharashtra performed the Songi Mukhota tribal dance at the MP Tribal Museum in the city, delighting the audience.

The performers performed the dance wearing masks and costumes weighing 5-10 Kg. Pramanik said he learned the dance from his father and grandfather. He is the fourth generation to perform this dance. The dance is performed on the occasion of Navratri and other auspicious occasions, he said.

It was part of the last day of a five-day event to mark the 9th day celebrations of the founding of the Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum on Friday evening. The event was organized by the Directorate of Culture, MP in collaboration with South Central Zone Cultural Center Nagpur and Prayagraj North Central Zone Cultural Center under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

In addition to this, other tribal dances across the country were performed which earned a huge round of applause from the audience. The dance included Gond Thatya (Madhya Pradesh), Garasiya (Rajasthan), Madhuri (Telangana), Karma-(Uttar Pradesh), Tarpa (Maharashtra), Korku Thapati and Karma (Bihar), Dalkhai (Orisa), Paika (Jharkhand), Dollu Kunitha (Karnataka).

Shalini Vyas and her troupe from Bhopal sang Malvi songs and artist Vinod Bhatt performed a puppet dance which also captivated the audience.

Besides singing and dancing, visitors enjoyed the traditional indigenous dishes of the Korku, Gond, Bhil and Baiga tribes. Dishes included Makka Paan roti, Gehun Paan roti, jowar roti, chana bhaji, Kutki kheer, Bans ki sabji, Rai ki Bhaji, Dal, Paniya, Ghenhu Paan Roti etc.

Looms and handicrafts made from clay, bamboo, brass and cotton were on display under ‘Shilp Mela’. Works by tribal painter Gond Padma Shri Durga Bai are also on display in an exhibition that will remain open to visitors until June 30.

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