dance is performed by Nicobarese who live in the Island of
Among the many fascinating tribal groups that inhabit the islands of
Andaman and Nicobar, Nicobarese is the
only tribe who has lived in isolation and have unique traditional tribal
ways. They are not even remotely influenced by modern civilisation and
The Festive Rituals
Colourful tribal festivities are still observed in Nicobar Islands . The Nicobarese dance is performed during the "Ossuary Feast or the Pig Festival", which is dedicated to the departed head of the family. The occasion is observed with nightlong dancing in full moon light, under waving coconut palms. The dancers, dressed in coconut fronds, step gracefully in time, to traditional songs. The feast is followed by a pig fight in the morning.