Traditional Dances


Performing a folk dance all focussed

In brilliant local silk costumes

With traditional prints of gay hues

And embellishments having regional designs,

These traditional folks display jubilance

With head bowed in all reverence.


Adorned with makeup and jewellery, mainly silver pieces,

Their hair is tied into a bun like an Indian temple spire

With moon shaped crest of white flowers.

Their earrings, dangling, enhancing cajoled eyes,

The wrists adorned with bangles or flowers,

With the neck laces forming loops, all adorn further.


These enthusiasts traditionally

Display their art devotedly, and gracefully.

The anklets are worn to add rhythm,

Nay to symphoniously produce enthusiasm

To each and every special move they make,

To interpret the musical lyric, they undertake.

Further brilliance to the dance comes magically

With the palms and soles covered with red dye artistically


No less colourful are males performers’ attires

With turban on the head in striking colours,

Upon which are tucked flowers

With a wide belt on the waist of the top looking smart.

With the mood of classical Indian music

Interpreted by the dancers ecstatic,

The merry folks display their arts during folksy celebrations,

In the well-intentioned bid to preserve the rich cultures.


©Pushmaotee Subrun

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About Pushmaotee Subrun

Pushmaotee Fowdur Subrun was born in 1949 in Mauritius. She pursued higher studies in Delhi University where she graduated in English. For the past forty-four years she has worked in secondary schools, seven years of which she spent in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, teaching English in an army school. She completed her PGCE at the Mauritius Institute of Education in 1993. After her retirement, she was a member of the Council of the University of Mauritius for three years. She is currently a reader and editor in the Ministry of Arts and Culture. She has written one novel, one play and Short Stories and Fables. Her poems have featured in Setu Magazine, ‘Poetry and Creativity’ and in Atunis Poetry.

4 thoughts on “Traditional Dances

  1. VijayNair

    A vivid and enthusiastic delineation of all that goes into traditional dances, including their attire, form,and stylistics.


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