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Dhalo

Ancient fertility festival.

In January and February every year, the Gaude community of Goa celebrates a festival of dance known as Dhalo. It is an ancient ritual with origins in the fertility cult. Although both men and women participate in the festivities, the womenfolk assume the primary role. The central theme of Dhalo revolves around a group dance to the tunes of folk ditties. Performances begin late at night and continue into the small hours of the morning. The traditional setting was outdoors typically in a village clearing but these days much of the scene has shifted to the temple lobby.

These are vignettes of Dhalo I witnessed in 2013.

Dhalo dance  in Curca, Goa

Colours of Dhalo
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Dhalo dance in Curca, Goa

Lighting the traditional lamp
5D Mark III, 24-105L

 
Dhalo dance in Curca, Goa

Celebrations get underway
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Dhalo in Curca, Goa

Lined up for the dance
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Dhalo dance in Curca, Goa

Flowers and finery
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Dhalo dance in Curca, Goa

Women, sarees, colour
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Dhalo dance in Taleigao, Goa

Dhalo outdoors in Taleigao
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