Dance forms of India
Bhanjara-s or Lambida-s are gypsy tribes who live in
Hyderabad. Their vivid colour sense expresses itself
in the picture costumes of the women with wide flaring
skirts and bright blouses embroidered and studded with
Their dances are associated with house-hold tasks, cultivation
and sowing, planting and harvesting. Forming a great
circle, the women go round and round, clapping and making
gestures that indicate their agrarian livelihoods.
There are nearly twentyfive groups of tribes which inhabit
different parts of Tamil Nadu. Early tribesmen include
Todas and Kurumbas. Their rites and rituals, seasonal
festivals revolve around agricultural functions. Devotional
singing and dancing is dedicated to the deity.