Mizo girls performing Cheraw dance Credit: EastMojo image

Aizawl: The first thing that comes to our mind when we talk about the culture of Mizoram is Cheraw — the beautiful dance form that involves about six to eight people holding pairs of bamboo staves on another horizontally placed bamboo on the ground.

While male performers clap the bamboos rhythmically, groups of girls perform by stepping in and out of the bamboo blocks.

Now, for the first time, the Cheraw dance will be showcased at the Church of Scientology in London, UK, as part of International Dance Day on April 29. Apart from Cheraw, Garo dance of Meghalaya, Siddi of Karnataka and Pawara Adivasi of Maharashtra will also be highlighted during the programme.

The event will aim to highlight the initiatives taken to empower the tribal and forest dweller communities of India.

Considered as one of the oldest dance forms of Mizoram, the Cheraw has become an integral part of almost every festival in Mizoram.

What adds to the beauty of the Cheraw dance are the colourful clothes worn by the women performers. These include Thihna, Vakiria, Kawrchei and Puanchei. All of these come in vibrant colours and further brighten up the surrounding environment.

Mizo girls performing Cheraw dance

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