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Jhumair dance by Tea-tribes of Assam

Jhumair or Jhumar is an Indian folk dance from the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and West Bengal.[1][2] It is folk dance of Sadan.[3][4][5] It is quite famous among Tea-tribes of Assam.[6]



Mesolithic dancers at Bhimbetka

Jhumair is an ancient folk dance. Similar dance found in Mesolithic paintings of Bhimbetka rock shelters.


Jhumair is a community dance performed during the harvest season and festivals. [7] The dance is mostly performed in open places. Traditional Musical instruments generally used are Dhol, Mandar, Bansi, Nagara, Dhak and Shehnai etc.


The lyrics of Jhumair are built on day-to-day languages and mostly depict love or pleasures and pains of day-to-day life.


There are variety of Jhumair in the region of Chota Nagpur Plateau such as Kurmali Jhumair, Nagpuri Jhumair and Khortha Jhumair etc. [8] [9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Jhumari Dance".
  2. ^ "Jhumar and other popular folk dances of Jharkhand".
  3. ^ "Encyclopædia Mundarica, Volume 2".
  4. ^ "Out of the Dark". democratic
  5. ^ "talk on nagpuri folk music at ignca". daily
  6. ^ "Karam Puja".
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  8. ^ Stephen Blum; Philip Vilas Bohlman; Daniel M. Neuman (1993). Ethnomusicology and Modern Music History. University of Illinois Press. pp. 224–. ISBN 978-0-252-06343-5.
  9. ^ "Out of the Dark". democratic