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The Bihu dance is an indigenous folk dance from the Indian state of Assam related to the Bihu festival of the indigenous Assamese people. This joyous dance is performed by both young men and women, and is characterized by brisk dance steps, and rapid hand movement. Dancers wear traditionally colorful Assamese clothing.
Youths perform Bihu dance in Assam
|Genre||Folk, Tribal culture|
Though the origins of the Bihu dance is unclear, historians believe that it was originally derived from the Bisu dance which was once performed by many indigenous communities of Upper Assam including Deoris, Sonowal Kacharis, Chutias, Moran and Borahis. In the present-day, only the Deori community perform the original dance. The first official endorsement is cited to be when Ahom king Rudra Singha invited Bihu dancers to perform at the Ranghar fields around 1694 on the occasion of Rongali Bihu.
- TOI (2011-05-05), "Scholar throws light on Bihu's origin", The Times of India, retrieved 2011-05-30