Dalkhai is the most popular folk dance of Western Orissa. It is known as Dalkhai because in the beginning and end of every stanza the word is used as an address to a girlfriend. Mainly the theme of this dance is Radha and Krishna, Ramayana, Mahabharata, etc.
It is performed in various festivals such as Bhaijiuntia, Phagun Puni, Nuakhai, etc. This is mostly danced by young women of Binjhal, Kuda, Mirdha, Sama and some other tribes of Sambalpur, Balangir, Sundargarh, Bargarh, Nuapada and Kalahandi districts.
Culture of Odisha
Gotipua Mahari Odissi
Baagh Naach Chadheia Chaiti ghoda Chhau Chutkuchuta Dalkhai Danda nata Dasakathia Dhan Koela Dhanu Jatra Dhuduki Ghumura Harikatha Jhumar Jodi sankha Karma Kandhei nacha Kathi Kandhei Keisabadi Nachni Naga nrutya Pala Rasarkeli Paika Ranapa Sambalpuri Samprada Laudi nata Lankapodi Lila Tamasa Pasu nrutya Patua Rabana chaya Sakhi kandhei (Sakhi nata) Suanga Sankirtana
Desia Gadaba Kandha Koya Onra Paraja Saura
Odissi music Khanjani bhajana Kendara gita Dhumpa
Handlooms & Handicrafts
Baleswari Bandha Brahmapuri Ikat Khandua Pasapali Sambalpuri Sonepuri
Pattachitra Chandua Terracotta Jhoti chita Saura painting Clay Stoneworks Wooden crafts Bronze & Bell metal works Dhokra
Observations & Festivals
Bali Jatra Badabadua Puja Dhanu Jatra Dola jatra Nuakhai Gamha Purnima Kumar Purnima Makar Sankranti Manabasa Gurubara Oriya Hindu wedding Prathamastami Ratha yatra Raja Samba Dashami Savitri Brata Snana jatra Vishuva Sankranti