Music & Dance of Meghalaya
Meghalaya is a land of music and dances and all their celebrations are associated with enjoyment and dance and music. The people of Meghalaya enjoys through out the year. Dance and music are their integral part of their life and all their social, religious, funeral, agricultural, and recreational events have their own form of dance associated with wonderful music. The dances of Meghalaya are usually happen in the open space.
The dance forms of Meghalaya hold a perfect tempo and beautiful songs from traditional musical instruments.
Music of Meghalaya
The Garos, a community of Maghalaya usually sings folk songs for all the dance performances and all their songs are relating to birth, marriage, festivals, love and heroic acts. The musical instruments used by this community people include various types of drums and flutes. The Jaintias and Khasis are usually loved to sing songs praising the nature, such as lakes, waterfalls, hills and so on. Drums, duitara and instruments like flutes, guitar, cymbals and pipes play a vital role like in these singing and dance ceremony.
Dances of Meghalaya
There are many traditional dance forms are performed in this state, some of them include
Nongkrem dance, Wangala, Shad Suk Mynsiem, Dorsegata Dance, Lahoo Dance and Behdienkhlam.
Nongkrem Dance is a religious dance which is performed for peace and prosperity and for good harvest. Wnagala is a dance form which is performed during the major festival of the Garos. Shad Suk Mynsiem is a colorful thanksgiving dance form and it is accompanied by pipes and drums called tangmuri and this is also known as queen of instruments. In Doregata Dance festival, the women dancers try to dash off the turbans of their men dance partners. Lahoo Dance is an entertainment dancer which is performed by both men and women. Behdienkhlam is performed in the major festival of the Jaintias.