Bandi Nata

Definition

Theater

  • A form of traditional theater in India's eastern state of Orissa.It presents legends associated with Bandi, the wife of the god Krishna,especially stories of her self-sacrifice in allowing him to frolicwith Radha, her sister-in-law.

    The plays, most of which last about three hours, combine drama,humour, dances, and songs, with accompaniment by the dhol drum.They are performed by Untouchables from the central and western areasof Orissa. The actors mingle with the audience during the performance,joining the action only when they have lines.

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