Maarooni Dance, Sikkim
The Maarooni is a rare dance form that has its roots in ancient Nepaleese culture. The songs that accompany this dance have a variety of themes ranging from mythology to every day life. While some depict heroic events from the lives of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and other Gods of the Hindu pantheon, others deal with simple day to day incidents of the people of the land. The dancers move rhythmically, balancing on their palms copper thaalis with lit diyas arranged on them. In the olden days, the dance used to be performed by young boys dressed as girls. But today both boys and girls take part in the dance, singing as well as playing the instruments.