Bhubaneswar: Bajasal, a tribal folk dance of Odisha’s Kalahandi district, was showcased at the Republic Day parade on Rajpath in New Delhi on Tuesday.
A group of 80 dancers performed the Bajasal dance as part of the parade on the Rajpath in New Delhi.
The Bajasal artistes from Pratibha Anusthan of Kalahandi, led by their Guru Dhyanananda Panda, had gone to the national capital for practice on January first week. Odisha is the only state from eastern India to showcase its tribal dance this year.
Bajasal is part of the repertoire of Sambalpuri dance forms, which also include Dalkhai, Rasarkeli, Maelajada and Chutkuchuta. Especially the Bajasal dance form has been popularised by the artistes of the different organisations of Kalahandi district.
Generally, the folk dance Bajasal used to be performed at marriage ceremonies in Odisha.