"Women cannot participate in this folk dance-drama as the performance is representative of visiting the sisters. Gavri had not been performed in Delwara from the past 10 years. Last time it was performed in 2001. Because a lot of money is spent on costumes, make-up, food & stay a minimum Rs 25,000 is spent on each participant. Due to the high costs involved, this festival is slowly-slowly getting wiped out from the memory of the Bhil community" says one Gavri dance performer.
This is how the Bhils have kept alive the fascinating tradition of this unique folk dance-drama all these years. For Bhils, Gavri is not just an entertainment but there is a strong religious purpose behind this. It is an art to express the devotion to Shiva, to thank god for the good rains & a hope of having a prosperous year each year. It is a celebration of life and of connections to their roots.
In this video of UPS Manwan Awoora school, Kupwara, Kashmir, the community correspondent Pir Azhar shows us that there are nine classes for 250 students, and due to lack of space, the lower primary classes are held outside in the open. Also the school has only 7 teachers.