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Female Dhalo dancers
OriginGoa, India

Dhalo is a popular ritual folk dance form Goa, India.[1] The dance is performed by women and serves as a prayer of protection for their households. The songs to which the dance is performed are usually sung in Konkani language or Marathi.The themes of such songs are commonly religious or social in nature. It is conducted over a period of 1 week in the month of Pousha at the onset of winter.[2][3] On the final day women dress up elaborately and draw caricatures of men.

Dhalo was chosen to be presented at the folk dance festival at New Delhi.[4]


In this form of dance, 12–24 women dance together in two parallel rows facing each other and with interlocked arms.[5]

In comparison to Fugdi this dance is performed at a slower pace.


  1. Mohanty, P.K. (2006). Encyclopaedia Of Scheduled Tribes In India (5 Vols.). p. 95. ISBN 81-8205-052-9.
  2. "Goa, Daman and Diu (India) Dept. of Information". Volumes 1-2. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. "Goan Folk Dances and Art Forms". Archived from the original on 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  4. "Debates; Official Report , Volume 2". Issues 17-32. 1967: 551. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. Mohanty, P.K. (2006). Encyclopaedia Of Scheduled Tribes In India (5 Vols.). p. 96. ISBN 81-8205-052-9.
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