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Pala Dance of Orissa
Pala Dance of Orissa

Niran Kumar
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Pala Dance is famous in southern and coastal orissa. What is the history of this dance How is it started

Posted On : 04/09/09 4:09:48 AM

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The entire performance of the Pala is to evoke the deity of Satyapir, intended for the well being of the people. It is a group performance consisting of five or six persons and is a very exciting play to watch. Here, the mridanga and the cymbals are used as an accompaniment to the music, whereas the rest of them help the chief singer known as Gayaka , to sing the songs and explain the meaning of various references from the play, to the audience.

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Pala is the popular performance of Orissa which is associated with the mixed cult of Satyapir . It has its origin to the mughal period with the adaptation of Satyanarayan cult of Hinduism with the Pir of Muslims. Pala highlights the assimilation of culture between Hinduism and Islam. It is normally ritualistic in nature and is performed on the occasion of satyanarayan puja but nowadays it is also performed on important festive occasion. The cult of satyapir is so famous in orissan culture, the puranas and popular literature largely mention it. It is believed that satyapir cult has been evolved for strengthening Hindu-Muslim unity and the pala dance further echoes this. here are two types of pala - the Baithaki sitting and the Thia standing , where Thia is the developed form of Danda Nata . A pala troupe comprises of a principal performer, known as Gayaka accompanied by a band of four to five persons which describe episodes from the Mahabharata, Ramayana or other Puranic texts

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Pala Dance is the popular performance of Orissa and is associated with the mixed cult of Satyapir . Pala highlights the assimilation of culture between Hinduism and Islam. This dance is normally ritualistic in nature and is performed on the occasion of satyanarayan puja. In recent times the dance is seen to be performed during important festive occasion too. This dance form is called Satyapir as it is connected with Satya Narayan cult of Hinduism and that of the Pir of Muslims. This cult is believed to bring into the forefront the secularist spirit. A legend is associated with the background of Pala dance. The story explains about King Maidanb s daughter who conceived a child after smelling a flower in the river. The king got to know and exiled her away. Unfortunately she gave birth to a mass and discarded in the river which was swallowed by a tortoise. Thus Satyapir was born and his birth is eventful as he came across Quran and accepted Islam. The cult of satyapir is so famous in Orissan culture. It is believed that satyapir cult has been evolved for strengthening Hindu-Muslim unity. There are two types of Pala dance in Orissa. The Baithaki Pala dance and the Thia pala. The Thia Pala dance has derived from Danda Nata. The Pala starts with the invocation to Satyanarayan with extracts from Puranas and other famous poets.

Posted On : 04/09/09 5:08:06 AM

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Pala dance of Orissa state is very well-known dance style that belongs to the Satrapy?s mixed culture. This dance form has been extending in the whole Orissa state. This dance was introduced in the time of Muslim and Mughal.

Posted On : 09/09/13 2:56:33 AM

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