Music & dance are an integral part of every festival and occasion, taking place in Arunachal Pradesh. Every festival is celebrated with much fun & fair, which also includes music and dance. The folk dances and songs are are generally performed in groups, in which both men & women participate. There are also famous tribal songs and dances generally performed on marriage occassions, harvet time or on every aspecious event.
The Music & Dance of Arunachal Pardesh
The Dance of Arunachal Pradesh
Dance forms an important aspect of the socio-cultural heritage of the
people of Arunachal Pradesh. The people of Arunachal dance on important
rituals, during festivals and also for recreation. The dances of the people
of Arunachal are group dances, in which both men and women participate.
There are some dances such as igo dance of the Mishmi priests, war dance of
the Adis, Noctes and Wanchos Tribal dance, ritualistic dance of the Buddhist tribes,
which are specifically male dances. Females are not allowed to take part in
Music of Arunachal Pradesh
The themes of songs sung are like fables involving creatures or the animal
and words signifying moral deduction. The folk song of Pailibos are related
more to their folk history, mythology and description of their known
Following are the chief folk songs of Arunachal, sung on different
festivals and occasion :
Ja-Jin-Ja Folk Song
: On occasion of feasts and merriment, during marriages or other
social meets, this song is sung. Both men and women sing it in chorus or
individually. But once the song starts, all those who are present join them
Baryi Folk Song: It is a song which narrate their history, their
religious lore and mythology. Its whole cycle takes hours to complete. It is
also a feature of festivals or of occasion of important social or religious
Both Ja-Jin-Ja and Baryi sons produces a nostalgic feeling in Pailibos, as the
glories of the past ancestors are narrated through them.
Nyioga Folk Song: The song is sung when a marriage ceremony is concluded and
the bridal party returns leaving the bride in her home. The theme is that of
the joy. It contains pieces of advice to the bride for her future life.