Aizawl: A video of some Mizo jawans of Indian Reserve Battalion (IRBn), posted in Assam, performing traditional bamboo dance is doing rounds on the internet and reaping in hordes of likes and comments. The jawans of the battalion were seen performing a dance which is otherwise only done by women.
Their unique performance in uniform received cheers and positive comments online. They were also praised for their discipline and determination in performing the dance with grace.
The folk dance which requires agility is also called “cheraw” and is performed in the hilly state of Mizoram. It is believed to have originated as early as 1st century AD. The performance consists of men holding bamboo staves placed on the ground and rhythmically clapping them, while the women dance in intricate steps between the beating bamboos.