BRAVE FESTIVAL

Event

BRAVE FESTIVAL

Artist

MOHINI DEVI KALBELIYA

Venue

WROCLAW, POLAND

Date & Time

15-Jul-2017

About BRAVE FESTIVAL

Mohini Devi Group performed at Brave Festival on 7th July 2013 Mohini Devi group – representative of nowadays Kalbeliyas is an ensemble of about seven musicians who did not receive any formal education but were instead learning music from an early age from their guru Kalunath Kalbeliya. They have gained international recognition and many of the dancers lived, performed and even taught this style abroad. In India, Kalbeliyas are invited mostly for weddings, cultural programs and festivals. Mohini Devi group is also proficient at many other dances like Bhavai, Chari, Ghummar, Terah Taali and add on elements of fire shows and acrobatics in their performance. Spheres of Kalbeliyas act are divided: men play instruments and women dance. The main instrument is Been – an Indian woodwind instrument originally used to hypnotize snakes. It’s both plaintive and seductive tones are accompanied by beats of Dhap and Dafli, creating very energetic and compelling rhythms. Dancers wear traditional black ankle-length skirt and top. Both are richly embellished with colorful stripes and complimented with beautiful jewelry made from tiny pearls and silver hangings. Outfit completes a dupatta – a long loose flowing stole pinned to dancers’ heads. Kalbeliya dancers spinning fast, swaying their hips, swirling tassels and shawl can mesmerize viewer for long hours.

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