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Lambadi dance

Andhra Pradesh occupies an eminent place in the classical dance forms of India. Apart from the classical dances, it is also known for its tribal dances. Some of the popular tribal folk dances of Andhra Pradesh are Bathakamma, Gobbi, Mathuri, Dhamal, Dandaria, Dappu, Vadhyam etc. Lambadi dance is a tribal dance of Andhra Pradesh.


Lambadi is related to the Lambadi tribe, who lead a semi-nomadic life in Andhra Pradesh. The Lambadi tribe lives all over the state. They are popularly known as Banjaras or Sugalis. The dancers perform this dance to rejoice an abundant harvest or a good sowing season. They dress themselves in brass anklets, bangles, embellished jewelry and glass beads. The day to day tasks of a farmer, like reaping, harvesting, planting, sowing etc. are represented in the Lambadi Dance. During the festivals like Dussehra, Deepavali and Holi these tribal people move from one house to another dancing and receiving alms.

The Lambadi dancers dress up in gaudy dresses by wearing long colorful skirts decorated with mirrors and white broad bone bracelets covering their arms. An interesting fact about the dance form is that it is monopolized by women. It is permeated with fervent grace and lyricism. The subtle sensuality of the dancers make it more appealing. The rhythm and the coordination among the dancers is worth mentioning.

Banjara tradition

Banjaras are traditionally “ nature “ lovers they have been secluded. They generally do not mix with other community so easily. The permanent settlers of sindh pranth of panjab , which is now in Pakistan, now the banjaras become homeless.The original tradition is changing day by day due to the advancement and amalgamation .
And “Boti- bati” , phetiya , kanchali , hasab , nasab , are losing art and culture and catching the fire of modern society.To recognize banjaras one has to look at dressing pattern especially women. The colorful dress with the traditional embroidery mirror work has unique identity which is disappearing from the regular wear. The colorful dance of men and women traditionally the first step gift to the modern dance.Banjara Craft awakened the world with its beauty finds a place in regular fashion, to-day.
         
Banajra women are in the front of Indian fashion, breaking new ground with their exquisitely embroidered ghagras, bridal veils, red, blue and black duppattas.This is predominantly an agarian community; embroidery is just a way of life. Clothes have always provided the best example of Banjara, bead craft work, what they however lacked was, professional guidance to package their work and market them.Their work and design of sophistication has a creative sense and each design has a specific meaning attached to it. Banjara's wearing are now in the fashion of treasure. The garments in the industrial front take the banjara embroidery in the industrial front take the banjara embroidery as their real assets. The tradition which comes alive from Sandur handicraft is the best reflection of Banjara craft in fashion.

Religious Persons and Beliefs in Balu Thanda and Jairam Thanda

People in Balu Thanda and Jairam Thanda worship and believe in Moto Bapu, Nanikya Bapu, Jairam Bapuji (Budiya Bapu) and Sevya Bapuji.


They also believe and worship Tulja bhavani (Mouli), Merama, Matram Mouli and also Lord Hanuman, Ram and Balaji.

They also visit Jangli Peer and Place Peer in Their Farm fields as a belief of protection to their crops.

In the Pioneer of Sevya Bapuji, they built Temples of Moto Bapu, Nanikya Bapu at Buldi in Mustepalli, Devarakonda Taluka, Nalagonda,Telangana. and vist the holy palace more than once a year and Also built temples of Jairam Bapuji in Jairam Thanda. Both Balu Thanda and Jairam Thanda People worship them together always.

Balu Naik Thanda people built a temple for Tulja Bhavani (Mouli) in the pioneer of Chandu Naik Ramawat. People in Balu Thanda aslo worship Janu Naik and Rupla Naik (@Balu Thanda).  and they also build Maats for Rupla Naik and Janu Naik in Thanda.


Origin & Dawn of Balu Naik Thanda



The Balu Naik Thanda community started with 'The Great' Ramawat 'Ramulu Naik' and his five sons, Rupla, Boda, Bheema, Jodha and Janu. 

Originally Ramulu Naik came from Pasnoor,Devarakonda Taluka, Nalagonda, Telangana. He settled in a tribal place after returning from nagarkarnool and later that place was named Balu Naik Thanda after his grandson Balu Naik.

Jaaths in thanda are mostly Ramawat and a few are Jatooth. Gotra of Ramawat is Depawat

Jairam Thanda, Hunya Thanda, Vaalya Thanda, Kodavath Thanda, Vadthya Thanda (Near Jairam Thanda),Nalavath Thanda, Dubba Thanda, and Gudi Thanda are the neighbouring Thandas of Balu Naik Thanda.

Jairam Bapuji idol Placed in Jairam thanda temple


'''Jairam Bapuji''' (born around 1902) was an Indian spiritual leader revered by the Banjaras.

Jairam Bapuji was born at Jairam Thanda, Madgul Mandal of Mahabubnagar, Telangana. His wife name is Patni, Sister of Janu Naik and the 2nd Daughter of (Meekala) Ramulu Ramawat the Originator of Balu Thanda. His Temple and Maat is Built at Jairam Thanda, Madgul Mandal of Mahabubnagar, Telangana.

Sevya Bapuji in Jairam thanda temple while Performing Puja


'''Sevya Bapuji''' (born around 1926) was an Indian spiritual leader revered by the Banjaras.

Sevya Bapuji was born at Jairam Thanda, Madgul Mandal of Mahabubnagar, Telangana. He is the Maternal-Grandson of (Meekala) Ramulu Ramawat the Originator of Balu Thanda.

Women displaying the traditional fashion of the Banjara


These women are displaying the beautiful, traditional fashion of the Lambadi or Banjara tribe in India.

Jubdas in Banjara Thandas



Jubdas in Thandas, which are mostly seen till 20's.  A '''Thanda''' is a clustered human settlement or Residential community of Lambadies or Banjaras. Equal to hamlet but Smaller than a Village, with a population ranging in few hundreds. Often located in Rural areas (Tribal areas) with Jubdas (Huts) as Shelter.

Pastly in 90's Thandas are normally Transient (Temporary Place of Living) as Lambadi People Shift from one Place to another But Know they are Settling permanently with fixed dwellings. Further, the dwellings of a Thandas are fairly close to one another, not scattered broadly over the landscape, as a dispersed settlement.

Economy of Banjara


The traditional commerce are agriculture and trade. Lambanis are also nomadic cattle herders. and how a day people have been employed mostly in Studing and farming.

Modern Jubdas in Thandas



Modern Jubdas are built due to the lack of money and Poverty and some other built it for Domestic Animals in Thandas.
 
© Balu Naik Thanda 2017