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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.

Bihu dance
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Youths perform Bihu dance in Assam
Genre Folk, Tribal culture
Origin Assam, India

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[1] on the occasion of Rongali Bihu.



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