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Festive fare: A Ghusadi troupe performs at Pataguda in Indervelli mandal.
ADILABAD: Thanks to emergence of professional troupes the Ghusadi dance of Gond tribals in Adilabad is going places.
It could get a pan Indian audience if it is selected to be part of the State's cultural tableau at the coming Republic Day celebrations at New Delhi.
The spring in the steps of Gonds this festival season that lasts until Deepavali is in anticipation of a chance to dance on the Rajpath. The Information Department has proposed inclusion of the Pataguda professional troupe for the event at the National capital on January 26, 2011.
There is rapid growth in the number of professional dance troupes as the vibrant Ghusadi is being showcased at almost every event and programme organised by the government and in private.
In Indervelli mandal itself Gond dancers have formed professional troupes at Indervelli mandal head quarters, Pataguda, Markaguda and Pittabongaram due to the high demand.
“Besides performing locally, the Ghusadi troupes have participated in cultural festivals at Nilambur in Kerala, the Vasantotsav and Dasara Navaratris at Ahmadabad in Gujarat and Gandhinagar and the Delhi Haat in New Delhi. The Gonds won prizes and accolades at all these places,” says B. Vaikuntam, a retired Publicity Assistant with the Information and Public Relations Department who is credited with promoting the Ghusadi cultural form in district.
Mr. Vaikuntam also says all the professional troupes are given a chance to perform at government programmes on rotation basis.
“This is to ensure the dance form and all the troupes of the primitive tribes get proper exposure,” he points out.
The transformation of regular troupes into professional ones has also influenced the attire of the dancers undergoing minor changes.
The most visible among the changes is the decoration on the base of the peacock feathered head gear where it fits on the head.
“Though the beat of the music has remained the same, the steps in the dance has undergone a little change. The jig has incorporated steps from modern dances to some extent,” adds Mr. Vaikuntam.
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