Koli Folk Dance of Maharashtra

Koli Folk Dances of MaharashtraKoli is one of the most popular dance form of Maharashtra that derives its name from the fisher folk of  Maharashtra -  Kolis.  These fishermen are famous for  their  distinct  identity  and lively  dances.  Their  dances consists  elements  from  their  occupation  that  is  fishing. The  dance  incorporates  elements  that  this  community  is  most  familiar  with  -  sea  and  fishing.  The  dance  is performed by both men and women divided into two groups, where fishermen stand in two rows holding oars in their hands. The dancers move in unison, portraying the movement of the rowing of a boat. Fisher women are in the opposite  rows  with  their  arms  linked  and  advancing  towards  men  folk. This dance form is performed by both men and women, who are divided in groups of two. These fishermen portray the movement of the rowing of a boat in this dance form. The dancers also portray the movements of waves and the casting of nets to catch the fish. 

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