Dhala

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In konkan the woman folks in devotion to sylvan goddess traditionally perform this dance. After reaping the rich harvest women on the full moon day assemble after the dinner at a preselected village courtyard.

Dhala begins with offering of coconut to village deity and sylvan goddess. Then the woman folks under the supervisions of elderly women sincerely perform dance. By facing each other peasants arrange themselves in two rows with every women putting their hands over each other’s shoulders. The songs are sung in unison, which normally covers the themes related to peasant’s routine life, customs and traditions.

Dhala goes on for five days. On the concluding day pre-planned programs are carried out by keeping vigil through out the night which includes setting up of marriage, Mahaprasad (distribution of sweets), hunting of irrational animals etc. Finally offerings are sold to highest bidder among the devotees.