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Gotipua Dance Festival

Gotipua Dance Festival

Gotipua is a traditional dance form in the state of Odisha, India, and the precursor of Odissi classical dance. It has been performed in Odisha for centuries by young boys, who dress as women to praise Jagannath and Krishna. The dance is executed by a group of boys who perform acrobatic figures inspired by the life of Radha and Krishna. The boys begin to learn the dance at an early age until adolescence, when their androgynous appearance changes. In the Odia language Gotipua, means “single boy” (goti-pua). Raghurajpur, Odisha (near Puri) is an historic village known for its Gotipua dance troupes.

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