Bhagoriya Dance: Bhil celebrations that link prospective brides with bridegrooms – Madhya Pradesh

Bhagoriya is a well known dance of the Bhils, a large tribe of Jhabua district in Madhya Pradesh. The dance is associated with a festival known as `bhagoria’ and a fair called bhagoriya haat. The tribal unwed boys and girls prepare for this fest that serves the purpose of marriage bureaux by establishing link between prospective brides and bridegrooms leading to their nuptial union.

Source: National List for Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), Ministry of Culture, Government of India
Date visited: 5 October 2020

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Bhil husband and wife (1953)
This Bhil husband and wife were photographed in a market. She wears the customary elaborate jewellery, including chains hanging from necklaces, armlets, bangles and a large nose ring. He wears the typical large turban and small metal earrings.
Source © SOAS Fürer-Haimendorf collection >>

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