In Western Orissa, especially in the district of Sambalpur, a form of dance is prevalent by the name of Rasar-kali, which literally means a bud of aesthetic pleasure. It is very much similar to the autumnal dance named Dalkhai. The only difference is that the accompanying songs use the refrain of ‘rasar kali re’. Orissa has a high concentration of tribal communities. There are 62 different tribal communities constituting about 25% of the total population. Each of the tribes has a form of recreational dance. For instance, the Koya tribal community living in the Malkangiri region of Koraput district of southern Orissa, perform a festive dance that is named after the tribe.
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