Dance forms of India
has a large tribal population, comprising mainly the
Riangs, who worship both tribal and Hindu divinities.
They subsist on cultivation, and to ensure a happy harvest
propitiate the Godess Lakshmi. This includes a dance
by young girls, called Hajagiri, which also demonstrates
multiple balancing skills and has its own set of instruments
for accompaniment. At the time of principal festivals,
men and women dance together, often in the compound
of their own houses.