Dalkhai is the most popular folk dance of Western Orissa. It is known as Dalkhai because in the beginning and end of every stanza the word is used as an address to a girlfriend. Mainly the theme of this dance is Radha and Krishna, Ramayana, Mahabharata, etc.
It is performed in various festivals such as Bhaijiuntia, Phagun Puni, Nuakhai, etc. This is mostly danced by young women of Binjhal, Kuda, Mirdha, Sama and some other tribes of Sambalpur, Balangir, Sundargarh, Bargarh, Nuapada and Kalahandi districts.
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