Maharashtra government plans to revive the age-old tarpa dance

Sunday, 22 December 2013 - 11:05am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

The traditional tarpa dance of the adivasis is under threat as the younger generation don’t seem too interested in it. But now, the ministry of _tribal development in Maharashtra plans to revive the age-old dance through various cultural programs.

A Tarpa Mahotsav was organised at Dahanu by the ministry of tribal affairs and development on Saturday.  “We will sanction Rs9 crore for the development and organise various programmes, so that the art and culture of adivasis is preserved and known worldwide. Just like Warli painting, which is internationally known, I want people to recognise tarpa dance too,” said. The state minister for tribal development and affairs Rajendra Gavit said.

“The traditional dance is under great threat, as the new generation hardly practice it. We have tried our best to inculcate these traditions among the youth,” said Nandu Dhavle, a tarpa dancer.

A group dance, performed on the beats of dhol, tarpa is the only source of entertainment for the community and it also helps to unite people. “The dance helps to bridge the gap between different people and maintains a healthy relationship among the community members. Our forefathers taught us this dance and I now teach it to my sons,” said Sunil Bhide, a tribal from Dahanu.

The Tarpa Mohatsav  also  showcased a variety of Warli paintings. This form of painting is not only popular in the country but has gained prominence in the world.

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