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Kandhei Nacha

Kandhei Nacha

Puppet Dance of Orissa is known commonly as the Kandhei Nata or Sakhi Nata in Orissa. The Kandhei Nata is an assimilation of dance, drama and songs. Mostly stories having mythological significance are selected. Although a very old form of art in Orissa , not much is known about its origin.

The dolls are painted bright and dressed meticulously representing the various characters that they will be made to enact. Another specialized form of Puppet Dance form is the Shadow plays. These are categorized into hand puppets, string puppets and rod puppets. More specifically they are known as (Kundhei-nacha) which is shadow puppetry, Kathi Kandhei which is Rod puppetry and Gopalila kandhei which is string puppetry.Some of the places in Orissa where Puppet Dance is prevalent are Tarikund in Cuttack, Odasa, Keonjhar, Ganjam etc. With the accompaniments of songs, dialogues and Dholaks, Puppet shows are a major success in Orissa and elsewhere.

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