Jhumur folk dance of Assam
Jhumur is a traditional or folk dance form of Assam, performed by the Tea tribe people of the state.
Generally, this folk dance is performed by the females of the community but without Males co-operation, it can’t be performed beautifully, as it should be.
Males co-operate with the females by doing things like playing musical instruments and dancing.
During Assamese ‘Bhado’ (August-September) month, a festival is celebrated by the tea tribes of the state. This festival is ‘Karam Puja’.
As a sign of this festival’s celebration, these people perform Jhumur dance and songs in their locality. In their performance, they use musical instruments like Dhol, Madol, and Flutes etc.
Many scholar and analyzer of the Tea community’s culture also want to explain that Jhumur dance is deeply connected with Matting purposes.
[As other dance festivals of Assam connect with matting purposes, example like-Rongali Bihu.]
Other India states like Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, and Chhattisgarh recognize this dance as an important traditional dance form of their culture (in own state).
Do you know how this dance form comes into Assam’s culture?
The answer is – actually when Britishers ruled in India. They bring these ‘Tea tribe’ people to Assam from those states, especially from Odisha.
[As labors of Tea gardens]
This is true that they came to the state. But with own self, they also brought their cultural elements too. So this is how this Jhumur dance came to the Assam state.
This is not a very old festival in Assam…Is not it true?
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