KOLI DANCE

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Performed By: Fisher Folk Of Maharashtra
Named After: Kolis
Done By: Both Men And Women


This popular dance derives its name from the fisher folk of Maharashtra - Kolis, who are noted for their distinct identity and lively dances. Their dances incorporate elements they are most familiar with - the sea and their occupation of fishing.

The dance is performed by both men and women - divided into two groups, where in fishermen stand in 2 rows holding oars in their hands and moving in unison, portraying the movement of the rowing of a boat. Fisherwomen stand in opposite rows with their arms linked and advancing towards men folk. The separate formation then break up and they dance together with movements symbolising the waves, the breakers and rowing from cliff to cliff and casting of nets to catch the fish.




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