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keekali Dance

The Keekali (Kikli) dance is a dance of young girls and is danced playfully in twos.

Performance—the women dancers wrapped in woolen shawls wearing their colorful headgear (Dhatu) enter the arena. Forming a circle and holding a handkerchief in the right hand men and women wave it as they move round and round in slight change and there are four steps taken with a pause in the fifth and three more steps with the flat of the foot. Then suddenly two or three dancers come into the centre of the circle and commence dancing with brandishing swords. The dance is accompanied by dholak, Ran Singha, Karnal and small Clarionets.

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