Raut Nacha Folk Dance of Chattisgarh

Folk Dance Raut Nacha

Raut Nacha is one of the other dance forms in the state of Chattisgarh. It is one of the forms which represent the folk heritage. It represents two aspects. First the folk heritage of the state and second the cultural heritage of the state It is performed in order to show the heritage of that region. All the performers are dressed in such a way that they show the value of their region to the viewers.

This dance is performed by the people of “yadavs/yaduvanshis” community. It  is a symbol of gratitude towards Lord Krishna. It is the dance form which is performed to highlight the battle which was between the King Khansa and the people who was Cowherds and belonged to the community of Yadav. . It is one of the popular dance forms which are performed in order to highlight the values, culture, and tradition of the region in the era of Modern world. The dance is performed in order to show the happiness of victory of good over the evil. 

This raut Nacha dance form is mainly performed at the time of `dev udhni ekadashi` for about 1 week after diwali. Myth has it that that it is time of awakening of Gods after brief rest according to Hindu panchanga (calendar). The dance is a close resemblance of Krishna`s dance or rasa dance.It is the dance form which is mainly performed in order to show the different battles fought in the ancient times. The props of long sticks and shields coupled with the light and sound effect presents a real picture of the fierce battlefield. Raut Nacha is a common form of performing art of Chhattisgarh that has added to the glory and grandeur of the state.

The dance plays are very popular and worth watching. Raut Nacha reminds one of the various indigenous folklores of Chhattisgarh.  
It ties the people to the olden culture which is getting lost in the fast pace lives.

Musical Instrument Used In Raut Nacha  :-

The couplets of Kabeer and Tulsi are also recited during the dance performance.

Costumes of Raut Nacha Dance:-

The dance can be performed in an open space or on a big spacious stage. The dancers dress themselves in colourful and glittering costumes. As this drama dance depicts the battle between the cruel king Kansha and Lord Krishna wielding sticks and metal shields can be found in the hands of the dancers. Bells tied to their waists which ring in mellifluous flow, the participants recreate the associated symbolic image of the ancient warriors.

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