BAGURUMBA: A COLOURFUL AND ROOTED FOLK DANCE OF BODOS


Dr. Guddu Prasad Basumatary
Assistant Professor, Department of Bodo, Rangia College, Rangia, Assam, India

Abstract
Bagurumba is a popular folk dance of Bodo community of North-East India. It is performed by a young group of girls. The lyric of the song has a great significance where a social picture of Bodo community reflects. The Bodo is a mongoloid tribe as well as the language of Tibeto-Burman group. They like to stay in the rural villages which are far from urban busy life. They try to feel the nature, follow the nature and learn the truth from nature. Here in this research article, an attempt is made to discuss Bagururmba folk dance and its social significance. Further, this article has also an attempt to bring out some untouched aspects of community.

Key words: Bagurumba, Folk dance, Traditional attire, Bodo

1.Introduction
BAGURUMBA, one of the popular folk dance of Bodo Community of North-East India. It is not only a dance form; it represents the community.The Bodo is one of the aboriginal community and their basic habitat is the northern bank of the mighty river Brahmaputra and a little of them reside in the southern bank of the river. They are scattered in a large area in the length and breadth of Assam and its neighboring states like Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, North Bengal and neighboring countries Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Previously they were known as Kacharis; this may be for their habitation in the Kachar area of Assam. However, today they introduce themselves as Bodos but not Kachari (Brahma, 2008).

The Bodos like to stay in the forest eco-system which is far from city life and enjoy a free lifein the midst of nature (Mwsahary, 2011). Throughout their life thepasses, they worship several gods and goddesses and perform religious rituals.Bathwu is the chief God of Bodos and it means worshiping of Nature i.e.- soil, water, air, fire and sky, which is similar to Panchatatta of Hindu philosophy but not the animist. Here in this writing an attempt is made to highlight the Bagurumba dance form of the Bodos which is not related to any religious form of dance like Kherai.

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