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Changu Nata

Changu Dance of OrissaThe Changu Nata a is a folk dance of Orissa that is very popular among the tribal populace of the state. Changu is a rural variety of the tambourine. It is played by the male-members of the Bhuiyan, Bathudi, Kharia, Juang, Mechi and Kondha communities of Sundergarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Kandhamal districts of Orissa. The dance in accompaniment to the Changu is performed by women alone. The men only sing songs, play the Changu and move with the female dancers with simple steps. While the women advance, men recede back and upon the advance of the males, the females take retreat. In between, the male dancers perform vigorous stunts in which they leap into the air and make wide circling movements. Peculiarly the women cover themselves with long local made Saris. Only their hands full of bangles and feet remain visible. In a group, the female dancers dance in a half-sitting position with swaying and sometimes jerky movements. During festivals and on any moon-lit night the young boys and girls assemble and dance to express their joy.

The attire used in this dance form is Sari. Women drape their entire body with Sarees keeping only the hands and feet open. The Changu dance of Orissa is performed on the beats of the drums which impart a magnetic effect to the entire atmosphere. The dance form tells of the joy of living of these simple folks and the rural life on the whole. It is generally performed in a group where all the performers maintain perfect poise and rhythm. The tribes of the Sundergarh district mainly perform this dance form. Changu dance is slowly geting popular in other parts of Orissa too.