Performed by Bheel tribe of Rajasthan, a fusion of act and dance, dedicated to the fight between goddess and demon. This most popular southern Rajasthani ritual reflects the divine perception of the Bheel tribe. A vigorous fight between Goddess Amba and Demon Bhiamwal shows the conquest of good over the bad. Gavri is a combination of an act and dance. All gavri artists performing at dharohar are ethnic bheel. It makes the show looks real and impressive. Moreover, energetic background music and colorful costumes makes the place full of verve.
The Popular Legend Behind the Gavri Dance
Characters in Gavri Dance Form
In the Gavri dance, Lord Shiva is portrayed in a unique form. The play represents Shiva, Vishnu, and Bhasmasura. The characters Raiburia, Mohini, and Parvati, are embodied by the talented performers called ‘Rais,’ including Kutkadiya and Pat Bhopa. These five characters, collectively known as ‘Maji,’ play pivotal roles in the dance drama. There are more animal characters and other characters known as Kheliye.
Throughout the performance, various scenes are enacted, referred to as Khel. Kutkadiya, a character skillfully narrates the story before each scene, allowing the audience to immerse themselves fully in the play’s narrative. All the characters are played by men and not women.