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West Bengal

Arts & Crafts of West Bengal


Dance

 ▪ Natua Dance


Natua dance

Natua is an ancient folk dance form that features in the text of Shiv Puranas. It is believed that Nandi and Bhringi, the associates of Lord Shiva were the first to perform this dance during the time of Shiva’s marriage with Durga. This highly acrobatic dance form is usually accompanied by the beats of a Jai Dhak, the instrument which is said to have been created by Lord Shiva. 

The dance is performed during the Charak Puja and occasionally during marriages. The name Natua may have originated from Nataraj - Lord Shiva's dance form.