One of the famous devotional dances of Bengal is Gambhira, the sacred devotional dance performed by worshippers of Shakti. The dance is named so because it is performed in the dance hall of the Chandi Mandir – Gambhira, which has a specially constructed pavilion in front of the shrine, for the dance.
Performance—Gambhira dance is performed on the song of the same name. In this dance, there are two main dancers, who are accompanied by a chorus. The two main dancers perform the role of nana (maternal grandfather) and nati (grandson), respectively. The dancer playing the character of nati wears a string of bells around his ankles. Through this dance, the two dancers indulge in dialogue and express their concerns about social, political, economic and moral problems of contemporary culture and society.