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Lambadi : A Popular & Well Known Tribal Dance Form

Lambadi : Dance also known as Banjara dance, performed by the Banjaras, Lambadis, and Sugalis, who are a tribal community engaged in agricultural work such as plowing and harvesting. These communities live in villages and towns close to mainstream society but maintain their distinct clothing, bottu (forehead decoration), language, songs, games, and rituals, preserving their culture for centuries.

Lambadi Dance Performed By Women

Particular, are known for their colorful attire and various ornaments, which add to the charm of their dance. They often perform in groups, and their collective dance during weddings and festivals is a captivating sight. Lambadi dance is commonly performed during weddings, Teej, and Holi festivals in Telangana, specifically in the areas of Adilabad, Rangareddy, and Mahbubnagar. It is a tribal dance form indigenous to Telangana.

There are approximately eight to ten different styles of dance, with variations in names and numbers depending on the region. Each dance style has its own name and distinctive characteristics. Some of the commonly known dances include Pierero Notch (Pierila Dance), Lallairo Nach (Lallai Dance), Dapadiyaro Nach (Dapadia Dance), Sapero Nach (Nagini Dance), Morero Nach (Peacock Dance), Ghodero Nach (Horse Dance), Jhammariro Nach (Jhammari Nrityam/Dance), and Sarkero Nach (Break Dance).

The people are often referred to as “long bodies” due to their tall and sturdy physique. They belong to the tribe, which leads a semi-nomadic lifestyle in Telangana. The tribe is spread across the entire state and is also known as Banjaras or Sugalis. Lambadi dancers perform this dance to celebrate a successful harvest or a prosperous sowing season. They adorn themselves with brass anklets, bangles, and ornate jewelry, including glass beads.

The dance reflects the daily activities of a farmer, such as harvesting, planting, and sowing. During festivals like Dussehra, Diwali, and Holi, these tribal communities go from house to house, dancing and receiving alms.

The Lambadi dancers wear long colorful skirts adorned with mirrors and large white bone bangles on their arms. An interesting aspect of this dance form is its association with women, as the regional Lambadi dancers often perform with grace and allure. The language spoken during Lambadi dances can be Telugu, Kannada, or even Marathi, depending on the region. The rhythm and coordination displayed in their dances are particularly noteworthy. It is believed that the tradition of Lambadi dance originated in Rajasthan, and it has since spread to other regions.

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