Raibense Dance, West Bengal – IFFOK 2014
The Raibense dance comes from the district of Birbhum and Murshidabad districts of West Bengal. Rai means royal and bansh or bansha means bamboo. This was used by the infantry soldiers in the middle ages. This vigorous dance form includes mock fighting and acrobatis and is full of vigour. The accompanying musical instruments include Dhak, Dhol, Kansi and bells tied around their feet. The dance is performed by only men. It exhibits martial arts, very rhythmic in character.