Jhinjhi Dance of Uttar Pradesh is similar to our Sua Dance

Jhinjhi Dance of Uttar Pradesh is similar to our Sua Dance

Raipur (thestates.news)| Similar to the Sua dance performed by women of Chhattisgarh on the occasion of Diwali as they go door-to-door, women of Tharu Tribe from Uttar Pradesh perform Jhinjhi Dance to express their devotion to Jhinjhi Devi, especially in the months of ‘Bhado’ and ‘Kwar’. Soon after the  harvest of the new crop, women of Tharu Tribe, dressed in bright coloured costumes and shiny ornaments, go door-to-door performing Jhinjhi Dance. They carry Kalash on their heads and a basket in their hands to receive offerings. They dance to the beautiful folk songs, and their dance movements are similar to that of Sua Nacha. The ritual ends with offering of the collected paddy to Jhinjhi Devi and then immersion of the Jhinjhi Devi idol into the river.

At the National Tribal Dance Festival today, audiences were fascinated by the similarities between Sua Nacha and Jhinjhi Nritya. They were seen discussing the uncanny resemblance and differences between both the dance forms. This event is serving as a wonderful platform for the tribal artists from across the country and abroad to present their culture. Many of these folk dance forms portray the lifestyle, the fraternity and the contribution of farmers to society.