Ghoda Nacha or Chaiti Ghoda Nacha

Chaiti ghoda is one of the popular folk dance forms of Odisha specially performed by aboriginal fishermen tribes like the Keot (Kaibarta).[1][2] Chaiti represent the chaitra month of the year i.e. from March to April to the full moon in Baisakh i.e. from April to May and ghoda means horse in Odia and Hindi.[3] There is a story when lord rama crossed the river with the help of aboriginal Keot fishermen and in return lord rama given a horse to the fishermen.[4]

Dummy Horse made from wood, beautifully painted and surrounded by colorful clothes is used as a prop. All fishermen dance and their wives are co-dancers/singers. Men are called Rauta in this dance and women are called Rautani.

Two horses are used as black horse and white horse.[5] The festival is celebrated for eight days in honour of vasuli devi. Vasuli devi is the main deity of fishermen tribes.[6] It is celebrated to take the blessings of the deity of this ethnic group.


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  3. ^ "horse - Hindi translation - English-Hindi dictionary". Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Chaiti Ghoda Nata". Archived from the original on 3 October 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  5. ^ "CHAITI GHODA". Archived from the original on 10 April 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Ghoda nacha in Chaitra Purnima". 7 April 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2016.