Tarpa Dance Videos
Tarpa Dance is a tribal dance which I saw during our visit to the town of Vikramgadh in western Maharashtra, about 80 kms northeast from Mumbai. We were at the Divekarwadi resort where this dance was performed by a group of local boys and girls. What was interesting is that they were not professional dancers and they did not possess any costumes and nor did they wear any make-up. A refreshing change from stage shows! Unfortunately I managed to capture only about half a minute of the dance on video but hopefully it gives some sort of an idea as to what the dance is about. I uploaded the video on to YouTube and am now linking it to this blog.
The dance is played to the tune of a wind instrument called the Tarpa which I had never seen before. Here are the two videos. The first one is just about 34 seconds long and the second one is about 17 seconds. The second one basically shows their footwork.
If you have a problem watching it here, you can watch it here on Youtube.
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This is what the Tarpa musician looked like:
When I tried to find out more about this Tarpa (Tarpha?) Dance I discovered that it belongs to the tribals of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. This is an union territory (around 490 sq sq kms) on the western coast of India near the Maharashtra Gujarat border, and until 1954, was ruled by the Portuguese. Silvassa is the capital of these territories. The arrow in the map below points to Silvassa town.
The map below is the place where we saw the dance, and its many miles south of Silvassa.