What is Ojapali?


Oja-Pali or Ojapali is an unique traditional folk dance form of Assam. It is a combination of three art forms – Song, Dance and Drama. Ojapali is performed by a group of chorus singers and dancers (usually 4 to 5). The Oja is the leader of the chorus and the Palis are his assistants They dance, play small cymbals (Khutitals) and tells mythological stories from Hindu epics and Puranas. The performers wear long sleeved white gowns, silver jewelry and Nupurs. There are three types of Oja-Pali: Sukananni Ojapali, Ramayani Ojapali and Vyaha Ojapali. Point to be noted that Oja-pali is performed only by men.

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