Bihu Dance: PM gets into Bihu mood after world record show

Source: The post is based on the article “PM gets into Bihu mood after world record showpublished in The Hindu on 15th April 2023

What is the News?

The Prime Minister in Assam was greeted with over 11,000 Bihu performers who had set two Guinness World Records –  the world’s largest performance of traditional Bihu dance and the largest performance by folk musicians.

What is Bihu Dance?

Bihu dance is a traditional folk-dance popular across Assam. It is especially performed during Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu, the spring festival that marks the arrival of the Assamese New Year in mid-April.

The earliest depiction of Bihu dance is found in the 9th-century sculptures found in the Tezpur and Darrang districts of Assam. Bihu is mentioned in the inscriptions of the 14th-century Chutia King Lakshminaryan as well.

How is Bihu dance performed?

The Bihu dance is known for its lively attributes of joy with quick movements. Performing dancers usually wear bright colourful traditional costumes. The red colour of the costume signifies fertility, ripe season and harvest.

The dance is usually performed by men and women dancers whirling and spinning to traditional songs of Assam. 

With forming the groups, the Bihu dancers move and dance in circular directions, often clapping hands with enthusiasm and swinging their arms. They often jump while singing the cultural sagas.

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