Dindi and Kala are the religious folk dances in Maharashtra, which expresses religious ecstasy. Young women perform a variety of folk dances known as phugadis on the occasion of Mangalagouri Puja as well.
Farmers observe the Bharadi Gauri festival by singing and dancing.
Hadga or Bhondla, performed by the unmarried girls or newly married
girls is also an important folk dance form of Maharsahtra. Ghagar
Phunkane, exclusively performed by women of the Sitapavan Brahman at the
time of Mahalaksmi worship in the bright half of Asvin is another
ecstatic folk dance.
Dindi is performed during ekadashi day in the month of Kartik in
Maharashtra. Dindi is a small drum used by the musicians during the
performance of this dance form. The musicians in the centre that
comprises of a Mridangam player and a vocalist, balances the rhythm of
the dancers. When the dancers accelerate the rhythm, they form two rows,
stamp their right feet, bow, and advance with their left feet, making
geometric formations. The dance describes the playfulness of Lord
The Kala dance also showcases the playfulness of Lord Krishna. Beat and
the rhythm are the main attractions of this dance form. A group of
dancers form a double-tiered circle with other dancers on their
shoulders. A man breaks the pot and splashes curds over the naked torsos
of the dancers. The dancers twirl sticks and swords in a feverish battle
dance after this ceremonial opening.
Know about Dindi and Kala folk dance of the state of Maharashtra.