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  • Kalbelia is a tribe of Rajasthan. In ancient times these tribal people were known for there frequent moving behaviour from one place to another. The dance which today is world famous, is an integral part of there culture and is performed to celebrate any joyful moment in the community. Such were the occatutions that both the men and the women of the tribe used to participate in these dances wholeheartedly.

    Black and dark red are the colours which attracted these people and hence the clothes of the dancers (mainly females) as well. The upper body cloth is called "Angrakhi" and a piece of cloth worn on head known as "Odhani" similarly the lower body cloth is called "Lengha". All these cloths are nicely mixed in red and black hues and embroided beautifully in such a way that when these dancers perform these clothes represent a rare combination of colours soothing to eyes as well as to the atmoshphere.

    Musical part of the dance is taken care by the male participents which use different instruments to create the rytheme on which the dancers performance. As the performance goes on the rytheme becomes faster and faster and hence the dance. Instruments used by these people are calles "Been", "Khanjari", "Morchang", "khuralio" and "Dholak"

    --Wikipedia

    March 26, 2009