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Kamana Ghara

Under the hot sun of April, in the middle of the day when the earth is most burning, the danduas gather around the kamana ghara in the village and under instruction by the pata dandua perform dhuli danda or short sequences which represent the art of ploughing, cultivating and harvesting. Goddess Kamana herself, represented by the permanent kalasha kept in the kamana ghara, gives them orders through the words of the pata dandua. In the enactment of the different agricultural operations, the dhuli is used in the most imaginative ways — at times it represents the black grams which are sown in the ground, at times the paddy which is ventilated after thrashing and at times the weeds to be extirpated. The bodies of the dandua become at times the plough, at times the boundary between the fields and again the cart over which the harvest is carried or the bullocks which trample over the new paddy during the thrashing operations. http://ignca.nic.in/ps_01020.htm
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