Bhopal: Pallavi Kishan and his troupe performed “Matki, Panihari” and Sanja folk dances and wowed audiences at the town’s Tribal Museum on Wednesday.

It was part of the ‘Gamak’ series of programs, organized by the Culture Directorate.

Ujjain’s troupe started with the Matki dance which is mainly performed in the Malwa region of the state. It is performed by women on special occasions like weddings, birthdays, festivals. The dance is usually performed in a circular position. The women swing a pot of earth over their heads. The dancers also have a veil on their face during the performance.

It was followed by the Panihari dance which is a graceful dance for women; and kacchi ghori, in which dancers ride dummy horses. They ended their performance with a Sanja dance. In this dance, the dancers take a matki and dance to the rhythm of the dholak. On the 16 days of Shraddha Paksha, the virgin girls meet at one place in the evening and sing hymns and perform aarti and distribute prasad. ‘Sanja’ is a festival of gentle and comfortable expression of the glorious culture of Malwa.

In addition, the event started with songs Kabir and Malvi, presented by Ajay Ganguliya with the Ujjain troupe. They presented songs like “Ram naam tu japle re band…”, “Gathri chhod chala banjara…”, Phagan aayo re…, “Run-jhun…”, delighted the audience. The event was also broadcast live on the culture department’s social media pages.

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Posted on: Wednesday February 03, 2021 10:49 PM IST