Fathigandu Jehun

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Fathigandu Jehun

Fathigandu Jehun is an evening stage music in which a group of men or a seated single person dance in tune with the songs. To bring out the sound of music two pieces of bamboo stick that are about six inches long are held in each hand of all dancers. The two pieces of sticks on either hand with their outer side touching each other are then clapped together while at the same time the dancers show their skills in twisting their torso in tune with the music and song. There is also a drummer who beats on a tin and at the same time lead the song.

In Fathigandu Jehun the songs are usually epics. The story is narrated in the style of a song and to the beat of the music. A famous Fathigandu song is "Burunee Raivaru" which tells the story of a sultan who went in search of a wife.

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