Bandiyaa Jehun

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Bandiyaa Jehun

It could be said that Bandiyaa Jehun is an adaptation of Indian pot dance. It is performed only by young women. In this performance the dancers mark time to the beat on the metal water pots they carry. In order to produce sufficient sound, the dancers wear metal rings on their fingers. Although there is no definite costume, a uniform dress is worn by the performers which is mostly a long skirt and a blouse, and today it is usually "Dhigu hedhun", a local dress.

Today, most of the groups use a number of musical instruments including drum and harmonica, and the dance is performed both standing and seated. The costume and music too have undergone considerable transformations so as to keep pace with the changing trends.

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