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Ranapa is an traditional folk dance of Ganjam,Odisha. Ranapa literally means “war on stilt” and the dance is prevalent among the cowherd community of the region.The young village-dancers standing on the stilts dance with a lot ease to the tune of “Dhol”, “Mahuri” and “Jhanja”. Popular culture says that this dance form is associated with the boyhood community which exploits of Lord Krishna. Some other beliefs take it to the Pre-Independent times of India when people used to walk on stilts in order to cover large distances and to avoided the pinching of thorns to their feet as well. Swayam Prabha is the only women Ranapa dancer, consistently sustaining the male-dominated dance form with dedication. She is internationally acclaimed for her dance and has received many national & international awards. She is sponsored by the government for all her education & dance training. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx


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