Dhunuchi Naach - the dance with effervescent smoke
India is known for her diverse traditions and this diverse tradition is the origin of the folk art. Folk Dances are based on religious and festive occasions. They reflect the basics of life. Folk dances are aimed at providing entertainment and which involves group participation. The dances are very rhythmic and the lyrics and music have the typical overtone of the specific locality or festival.
'Dhunuchi nritya' or ‘the dance with effervescent smoke' is a traditional dance form Bengal,
which is performed in front of the idol of the Goddess Durga to the sound of dhak, the traditional drums.
In the evenings, an elaborate aarati is performed. After the aarati, young men perform Dhunuchi Naach (Dhunuchi Dance) before the Goddess Durga.
A dhunuchi is an earthen pot with a funnel base and an open top. Burning coconut shells is put inside and then powdered incense, known as Dhuno, is poured over it to create the atmosphere. A sweet smelling thick white smoke spreads and engulfs your senses. Then with the Dhakis and their drum beats, the Dhunuchi dancers balance the earthen pots, with the base delicately placed on their palms, between their teeth or on foreheads. Then they gyrate their bodies to the drum beats with the burning Dhunuchis. The deep percussion of the dhak, embellished sometimes with long white or multi-coloured feathers, and rhythmic movement of the dhakis, is inseparable part of the Durga Puja celebrations.
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kinginexile (2598) 2004-10-26 2:10
Thanks for all the information, the statue and its own peacock feather like top is quite striking and rich in symbols. You may not have caught the dancing at the best photogenic moment as some dancers are blocked by one who turns his back on you.
avis2avis (4264) 2004-10-26 2:15
A good TE shot and note. The dhunuchi dancer is a bit in the shadows. Would have been a good idea to use the flash here IMO. Took the liberty to add your pic to the "Durga Puja 04" theme created by Smrithi. Cheers!
oochappan (16173) 2004-10-26 6:54
You edited this photo quite good, I tried but couldn't make it better. The underexposion of the front-man is on the edge of grains. But in the approach of this festival compared with the other photo's, is this a very usefull one to describe the atmosphere, next time you know that indeed a fill-in flash would help you out here.
Very good TE-shot with good note giving depht in your culture.
- Copyright: Kausik Das (kaud) (1840)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-10-21
- Categories: Festivals, Ceremony, Event
- Camera: Kodak easyshare CX6200 digital
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/75 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Durga Puja 04, Dancing trought South-East Asia [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-10-26 1:27