Bajasal, a tribal folk dance of Odisha Kalahandi district showed their tribal folk dance- Bajasal dance on the Republic Day parade on Rajpath in New Delhi. But the violent outburst of the farmer’s rally makes suffered the 80 Bajasal artists as they were stranded due to rally for several hours.
As part of the Republic Day parade, 80 Bajasal artistes performed the Bajasal dance from Pratibha Anusthan of Kalahandi and led by their Guru Dhyanananda Panda. This was a very proud moment as Odisha was the only state from eastern India to showcase its tribal dance in this year Republic Day.
But all the 80 artistes remained stranded for several hours due to the farmers’ protest against Centre’s three farm laws. But the Delhi Police rescued all the artistes. The farmer’s tractor rally and the violence against the Delhi police and the public properties, have created chaos in the capital city where many people, including the police personnel, were injured.
As per a report after completing their performance at the Rajpath, the artistes, were getting ready to depart for their destination when farmers started the tractor rally and then they got stranded at Red Fort along with artistes from other States. Unfortunately, the artistes remained stuck for five hours from noon.
Later in the evening Delhi police then rescued the artistes and shifted to Daryaganj Mess of Delhi Police. Even the police also provided them with food and water and later shifted.
Bajasal is part of Sambalpuri dance forms’ repertoire, which also include Dalkhai, Rasarkeli, Maelajada and Chutkuchuta. Particularly the Bajasal dance form has been popularised by the artistes of the different organisations of Kalahandi district.
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News Source- ANI