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Mizoram’s traditional Cheraw dance has found its way to Gujarat as the students in Ambach village of Tapi district are indulged in learning the culture and dances of other states along with getting education.

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“For past 4 years, these girls have been performing this Mizoram’s traditional Cheraw dance. We thought of introducing them to a new cultural dance,” Reema Mysorea, teacher of Saraswati Kanya Vidyalaya said.

She also added: “Whatever we earn through these dance performances, that money is being used for the welfare of these girls so that they can perform better.”

Saraswati Kanya Vidyalaya has taken the initiative of teaching tribal girls with different skills.

“I enjoy performing this dance and I feel good when we go out and get praised for our performance,” Urvashi Halpati, a student, said.

“I am responsible for moving the bamboos during the performance. We practised for among 3-4 months as it requires a lot of hard work and practise. We have to make sure that bamboos do not hurt the dancers during the performance,” said Priyanshi Gamit, another student.

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Cheraw dance is a traditional cultural dance performed in Mizoram. It consists of mostly six to eight people holding pairs of bamboo staves on another horizontally placed bamboo on the ground. The performers then clap the bamboos rhythmically while another group of dancers dance in intricate steps between the beating bamboos. It is the most famous and beautiful dance in Mizoram, and is the centre of attraction during festive occasions.

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