It is a scene of Bhavai performance in the village of Kadvasan in Mehsana District of north Gujarat. Bhavai is a popular or folk performance of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Malwa of Madhya Pradesh. It traces its roots in 14th century Medieval Indian times and multiple myths of its origin are found in the regions of North Gujarat.
This is a recording from the same village of around 12 A.M. in the night on the 6th day of Navratri festival (nine day long festival for Hindu goddesses though it is semi religious in nature) in Gujarat
There can be no special occasion in the lifes of people where Bhavai is not performed even in the present village lives.
The performer are called Bhavayas and they come from a particular caste called Targada or Nayak who have divine and customary right to perform Bhavai. But they are not the only one who perform Bhavai as being the most popular theatrical art form, it became profession of many other communities too.
It is performed in the central area of village, usually near temples. The space of performance is called Chachar. Its performed by males only and female parts are also acted by male with cross dressing called female impersonation. Though the art is withering and dying in present times, the interest of the spectators is still alive. The whole village feels excited when Bhavai groups come to their areas.
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