Natua Dance, West Bengal
Natua is an ancient folk dance that features in the text of Shiv Puranas. It is believed that Nandi and Bhringi, the associates of Lord Shiva were the first to perform this dance during the time of Shiva’s marriage with Durga. This highly acrobatic dance form is usually accompanied by the beats of a Jai Dhak, the instrument which is said to have been created by Lord Shiva. The dance is performed during the Charak Puja and occasionally during marriages.