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Chawnglaizawn Dance

This is a popular fold dance of one of the Mizo communities known as Pawi. This dance is performed in two different occasions.

Performance— (i) it is performed by a husband to grieve the death of his wife. The husband would be endlessly performing this dance till he gets tired. Friends and relatives would ease him and dance on his behalf. This signifies that they mourn with the bereaved.

(ii)  Chawnglaizawn’ is performed on festivals and also to celebrate trophies brought home by successful hunters. On such occasions, it is performed in groups of large numbers. Boys and girls standing in rows dance to the beat of drums. Shawls are used to help the movement of the arms, which also adds color to the dance. Only drums are used in this dance.

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