Orissa, the state of rich manifestations of art and architecture in its temples and monuments, is one of the chosen destinations of the Indian tourist. The Arts and Crafts of Orissa, have been, actually instrumental for the large influx of tourists in this state of the country. The Performing Arts of Orissa are among the best in the country and the Medha Nacha, a dance form has gained considerable popularity over the years for its distinctiveness.
Another form of mask dance, Medha Nacha common in the coastal districts of Orissa, is generally performed during the Dussehra, Holi, Kali Puja, Ram Navami and Sahi Yatra. In each of these cases, the idols are taken out into the streets in procession for either the congregation or the immersion. The processions halt at different places, like the markets, crossroads, etc to perform certain special skills.
The dancers perform Medha Nacha wearing oversized masks of devils, kings and queens. The masks are basically made out of paper pulp and painted in bright colors. The instruments accompanying this form of dance performance are Chhangu and Dhol. The entire performance in its totality with the bright colors of the masks, the rhythm of the instruments and the dances to the tunes create an amazing atmosphere of thrill and enjoyment.
Medha Nacha performances are some of the most exciting forms of Performing Arts in Orissa and watching one of their performances would be a treat while you are on your Tour to Orissa.