Accepted Paper:

Keeping traditions alive: an introspection on the tribal Karma dance of Uttar Pradesh  


Keya Pandey (University of Lucknow)

Paper short abstract:

Uttar Pradesh has a rich tradition of songs and dance. The tribal population of the state indulge themselves in a lot of traditional performances and enjoy their leisure time singing and dancing. The songs and dances form an important event of the number of fairs and festivals that are held in Uttar Pradesh.

Paper long abstract:

The performing arts of Uttar Pradesh are wholly traditional and are not influenced by outside traditions and cultures. They are authentic of the tribal tradition and culture of the people residing in the state. These performances still bear the charm and essence of the old tradition. Karma Dance, Uttar Pradesh is mainly performed by the people who belong to the Gond tribe and also by some other tribes living in the same region. At the onset and the end of the rainy seasons the Karma Dance is performed. Although the full swing of the Karma Dance in Uttar Pradesh in India can be experienced in the month of August. The dance symbolizes the start of spring. The dance is mainly performed around the trees set in the villages.Men and women both enthusiastically take part in this dance. The men and the women perform in various ways and the whole performance looks awesome. The men in the troupe leap forward whereas the women in the troupe bend low to the ground. The performers move their feet to and fro in perfect rhythm. Karma Dance of Uttar Pradesh is common to many ethnic groups of India. It is said that the Karma Dance,Uttar Pradesh is the oldest tribal dance among all tribal dances.

Panel P108
Indigenous people and culture in India