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The Bihu dance is an indigenous folk dance from the Indian state of Assam related to the Bihu festival and an important part of Assamese culture. Performed in a group, the Bihu dancers are usually young men and women, and the dancing style is characterized by brisk steps, and rapid hand movements. The traditional costume of dancers is colorful and centred round the red colour theme, signifying joy and vigour.
Youths perform Bihu dance in Assam
The origins of the dance form is unclear, however, the folk dance tradition had always been very significant in the cultures of Assam's many ethnic groups, such as Deoris, Sonowal Kacharis, Chutias, Moran and Borahis, among others. 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.
Bihu dance continues to play an important role and is a cultural emblem in the modern–day Assamese society.
- TOI (2011-05-05), "Scholar throws light on Bihu's origin", The Times of India, retrieved 2011-05-30