BAHA (Spring festival or Holi) dance of Santali men and Women. With the local priest distributing Sal and Mahua flowers to both men and women, and tribals dancing to drum beats, the colourful festival of ‘Baha’ was celebrated at nearby santal village of Santiniketan.
The Santal (Hindi: संताल,Bengali: সাওতাল, also spelled as Santhal (formerly also spelt as Sonthal), are the largest tribal community in India, who live mainly in the states of Jharkhand, West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, and Assam. There is also a significant Santal minority in neighboring Bangladesh, and a small population in Nepal. The Santal people love music and dance. Like other Indian ethnic groups, their culture has been influenced by mainstream Indian culture and by Western culture, but traditional music and dance still remain.
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bmukherjee (1512) 2010-09-15 8:40
Wonderful that you chose to document and capture the dance of the santals in bengal. The light here is fantastic: it brings out the colors in the dresses. I also like the uniquely low POV you've chosen. Great note too...