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Colours and Rhythms of Amadubi
  • May 2018
  • Rajani.A
Amadubi in Jharkhand is not just a village, it is a treasure house packed with untold stories of the payatkar paintings, one of the oldest tribal painting forms in India and the tribal life, situated at a distance of 65km from Jamshedpur. Amadubi village, Dalbhumgarh in Sighbhum district  of Jharkhand, is the home to traditional chitrakars and  tribal families who practice traditional dances like Baha, Sarhul and Dasai. As Santals and Mundas love dancing and singing the rhythms of Mander, Nagara , Singa and Ghanta is heard in almost all seasons while your eyes gets splashes in the earthly colours and paintings depicted  on the walls of houses around the whole village. 

The Artists of the payatkar community are roamers and move around from place to place, so the paintings also can be found the length and breadth of the Singhbhum. When they reached a house where one person died recently or a new baby is born they start telling tales by self composed instant lyrics. These Picture craftsmen use the scrolls of leaves and trees, vermilion and natural colours applying them with needles or hair of a goat and of course you can paint with these blessed chitrakars.

The village will be in festive mood from September onwards and its rhythm continues, up to mid March and it is the best time to visit Amadubhi village to avoid the summer heat and heavy rain. In September-October they celebrate Jomnamah when the first crop is ready for harvesting. In October -November just before Durga  pooja  Dansai is there when Santhals celebrates dancing to the accompaniment of musical Instruments called the Bhuang and Kansar-Ghanta. On the new moon day in November -December they celebrate Sohrai to worship cattle. Makar sankranthi and Tusu parab is truly a joyous and lively festival in January -February. Sarthul festival comes in February -March when men and women celebrate with delicate flowers of the Sal tree to mark the splendor of nature in season.

Rajbari Temple situated one km from Dhalbhumgarh Block office at Narsingarh was once the part of the palace. Trivineswar Temple features three lingas   which represent Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar. The Pancha Pandavas in the north west of Ghatsla where five large rock formations are found which resemble the Pandava brothers of the epic Mahabharatha. The Architectural beauty of RasTemple from the very ancient Dwapar Age is also unique. 

The live dance performance on open stage which they call Akara is also a thrilled experience. Ever present here in the background of rhythmic beat of Mandar and have a chance to tap your feet with the sounding Dhol will fill your heart with joy.

TourismIndia, India's Travel Magazine, Kerala, India.
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