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Dhangari Gaja is a traditional/folk dance of the Maharashtra.

Dhangari Gaja

Dhangari Gaja, MaharashtraAs the Dhangars of Sholapur district of Maharashtra herd to green pastures for grazing for their cattle, they become acquainted with the nature. Inspired by the scenic beauty, they compose poetry, called ovi writing about the nature and their God Biruba.

They honour God Biruba once in every year when they return home. They spend their time with their families and beloved ones. And this is the time when the Dhangari Gaja dance is performed to please their God for His blessings.

Dhangar dance is performed in traditional Marathi dresses - dhoti, angarakha and pheta with colourful handkerchiefs. Generally, during they dance, they move around a group of drum players.