Sarsawati Sanskrutik Trust, Dahod

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Sarsawati Sanskrutik Trust, Dahod

“Sarsawati Sanskrutik Trust, Dahod” is is doing the theatre activities for 16 years. In the last 5 years we have been presented 17 national awards and are being invited by foreign countries for performing these dances as well. We are thankful to the Government of Gujarat for granting us support and cooperation towards achieving our objectives.

“Vanrani” (forest dwellers) is the world’s and Asia’s only Bhil Tribal Society with very ancient cultural and traditional arts. These people with ancient traditions and culture are only found in the Dahod district of Gujarat State of India. The golden history of these people with ancient culture and tradition is very noteworthy. There is a different identity of the ancient culture and tradition especially the dance and music which is a gift of the beautiful nature around. Chala Dance of Bhil Tribals is a very ancient folk dance style of the Bhils. This dance is based on different steps taken with reference to music. This cultural primitive folk dance is performed at marriages, bhil festivals, welcome, special occasions, fairs, chula fair, welcome dance on the stage, competitions. Bhil Valor Dance, after becoming victorious, the bhil tribesmen exhibit their mastery at the weapons forth all the people gathered. This exhibition is in the form of a dance in which the movement of the body and the weapons is in accordance with the music. Nowadays this dance is performed for festivals, and welcoming of chief guests. The different styles of Bhil tribal folk dances include the marriages dance, fair dance, Holi dance, Dipawali dance, Chal dance, welcome dance and such other styles of dances. Some of the historic gallant icons from the Bhil society that are exhibited in this style of dance include the apeman, Valiya Dacoit, Valmiki Rishi, Shabri, Kevar, Parghi, Punja Bhil, Kaliya Bhil, security personnel of the English and social workers. The history and historic icons have been the basis of the Bhil Tribal History Dance presented by us.