Hojagiri Folk Dance, Tripura

‘Heaven balanced on a grass blade’, Allen Ginsberg wrote on his Wales Visitation. One can envision the entire poem breaking into minuscule and showing each of its strength, if one sees Hojagiri dance. Balance, Balance, Balance as the grass balances on the alley. The origin of Hojagiri folk dance form Tripura of India.

As you can see the ant militia crawling towards the source with vigilant eyes and alert antennas, you can see the performers’ entering the scene like the clouds arise as on a wave. Balancing the earthen wares, lamps, pitchers, bottles on their head, and mairang on their hands they dance a slow hip hop. Kham, Kshumu add to the hypnotism and the dangerously Buddhaic faces of the Tripura young guns host immense strength angelic as light bulbs. They dance the native hippy way manoeuvring their waist to the musical cannabis. Performed on the occasion of Lakshmi Puja, the collective shines like the full silver immersed on the black sky. At times the homogeneity is broken by a couple who does some careful yogic stretches, usually back stretch, usually mimicking the geometry of a bow, usually one touching the ground and the other on top of the former. The one on the top rides the former and immerses herself fully into the womb of the former as if bringing out the unending mystic power within in the form of a kerchief and spreading it through and through the manifolds of space and time. Visiting the princely state of Tripura and live through the vibrancy of the Hojagiri dance performance is an once in a lifetime experience.

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