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Nacha Folk Theatre

Domain:Performing arts

State: Chhattisgarh


Nacha is one of the most noted folk theatre forms of the state of Chhattisgarh. It is performed in nearly all parts of Chhattisgarh except Sarguja and Bastar. It is perfromed by the Chhattisgarhi speaking rural communities. There are four different forms of Nacha: Khare Saaj Nacha, Gandawa Nacha, Dewar Nacha and Baithe Saaj Nacha. Currently, the troupes performing Khare Saaj, Dewar or Gandawa Nacha are very few. The most popular form today is Baithe Saaj Nacha. In Dewar Nacha, the female roles are performed by women. In the other three forms, these roles are enacted by men dressed in female costumes and make-up. Nacha performances are usually held during the night. Comedy is an essential aspect of the Nacha folk theatre. The humorous skits of Nacha also incorporate themes on social issues to create awareness.