Bihu is the most popular folk dance of Assam. The people of Assam are very proud of it and
rightly so. Except Bhangra no other folk dance in India can compete with the
rythmic exuberance of Bihu. Bihu dances performed by young boys and girls
characterised by brisk stepping, flinging and flipping of hands and swaying of
hips represents youthful passion, reproductive urge and 'Joie-de-vivre'.
Satriya, The Beautiful Classic Dance of Assam. During winter (November- February) the best
place to see the Satriya dance is Guwahati. A tourist to Assam during winter
would do well to find out if their visits coincide with the annual Satriya Dance
festival organised by one of the following institutions : Puspanjall Cultural
Academy, Sangeet Satra, Srimanta Sankardev Sangha and Satra Mahasabha. The
Satriya Dance festival organised by these institutions would normally have all
the facts of this dance including Dhemalis by Goyan Bayans. Apart from this,
many institutions show Satriya Dance on the make shift open stages during Bihu
festival (April May) The lively and colourful folk dances of Assam
Barpeta's Bhortal Nritya:
Developed by a well known Satriya artist, Narahari Burha
Bbakat, Bhor Tal Nritya is an
extension of Sankari culture. Six to ten dancers equipped with cyrnbols perform
this dance to the first bit of '7hiya Nom" and pro- duces a good number of
attractive formations displaying the cymbols. The dance can be seen during
festive occasions in and around Barpeta and Guwahati.
Tea Folk's Jumur Nach:
In the passage of more than a hundred years of their settlement in Assam the tea tribes have
developed a synthesised form of dance called "Chah Baganar Jumur Nach".
(Jumur dance of tea garden). This dance is performed by girls and boys together,
sometimes by the girls alone, with precision of foot work while clasping tightly
each others waist. This is a beautiful dance to watch. A visitor to any tea
gardens can easily see this dance.
Bodo community has many folk dances to boast. Among them the best and the most attractive is
the Bagurumba dance. This is mainly a formation dance with slow steps and
outstretched hands. About a score of girls dressed in most colourful attire
perform this dance to the accompany- merit of Bodo traditional musical
instruments. A tourist in Assam can see this dance in the Bodo inhabited areas
of Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Nalbari, Darrang and Sonitpur districts.
Mishing's Ali Ai Ligang:
Mishing community of Assam has a festival caged All Ai Ligang in which they perform
dances for making an offering to their deities. Mishing's B;ihu can be seen in
North Eastern part of Assam i.e. Sonitpur and Lakhimpur districts.