Women of the Mali community of Kishangarh region of Rajasthan perform Chari dance on the occasion of the birth of a son. It is also called Charwa. Chari literally means a brass pitcher. The dance is called Chari because each of the dancers balances a brass pitcher on her head. On the mouth of the pitcher is put a bowl of fire; flames going up more than one foot high. The dancers spin and make swaying movements yet they never lose the balance of the pitcher. The dancers wear their best dress and dance to the music of Dhol, the drum, Shehnai, the reeded wind instrument, and two idiophones, namely, Thali and Bankia.
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