Dekhni : Another
form of popular folk dance, the dekhni represents an attractive mixture
of folk culture and Western music, danced mostly by Christian girls in
fully Indian dress.
The gestures in the
dance appear to have been borrowed from the Kathak and Bharata Natyam.
Dekhni in Konkani
language means "bewitching beauty". This song-cum-dance performed only
by women to the accompaniment of folk drum "Ghumat", displays a rare
blend of Indian and Western cultures. The dance enacts the life of a "Devdasi"
(literally meaning servant of God) girl whose job is to perform dance in
temples and social ceremonies like weddings.
The theme is of a
Devdasi girl who comes to a riverbank to take a ferry to reach the other
side where she has an appointment to dance in a wedding. She requests
the adamant boatman for a favour and is even ready to offer him her
golden earring for taking her across urgently.
The dance set to
western rhythms and Indian melody, is livened up by the conversation
between the girl and the boatman in the form of a lilting song, which
lingers in the mind for a long time.
The dancers carry
pantis (small clay lamps with a wick floating in oil) or artis. Only two
or three dekhni songs, composed and scored a long time ago, are extant.
It is surmised that
the dance form owes its birth to devdasis singing and dancing for their
visitors. The song Hanv sayaba pailtadi vaita, popular for its
attractive tune, is perhaps the most well known dekhni song.
Other Folk Art Forms of Goa:
Dashavatara | Dekhni
| Dhalo | Dhangar |
Fugdi |Ghodemodni |
Goff | Kunbi |
Mando | Muslam
Khel |Ranmale | Samayi Dance |
Veerbhadra | Other Folk Dances )
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