Dance forms of Tai Khamti
Religion, mythology and classical literature forms the basis of most of the performing arts of the Tai Khamtis. Unlike some dance forms of Arunachal Pradesh, the Khamti dance is a dance-drama that reflects the rich culture of the Buddhists in the territory and unfolds the myths and stories of moral values.
- Ka Poong Tai: This is one of the popular dramatic art form of the Tai Khamtis.
- Kaa Kingnara Kingnari (Peacock dance): It is a prominent art form among the Tai Khamti tribe. This dance is a Buddhistic belief in nature which depict the slow and gracious dance of mythical half human and half peacock that existed in the Himalayas.
- Kaa Kong Tou Kai (Cock Fight Dance): It is performed by two or four people who wear a head gear shaped like the head of the cock, accompanied by the beats of Drum (Kongpat), Cymbals (Paiseng) and a set of Gongs (Mong-Seing). This dance usually shows a fight between two cocks and is inspired by the ancient tradition of entertaining the king with a cock fight.
- Kaa-Toe (Deer Dance): According to the legendary story, deer-dancing in the month of October (Nuen-Sip-Eit) is a celebration of the light festival based on the story of the spirits of the people and animals welcoming the return of Buddha after his preaching and thanks giving to his mother and other spirit in spiritual world. This dance is in fact a Buddhist belief and religious in nature.
- Kaa Phi Phai (Demon Dance) : Reflecting their rich cultural heritage, this dance is prominent and performed on important social and religious occasions. Its theme revolves around attainment of enlightenment by Lord Buddha despite attempts of king of evil spirits (Mara), to disturb his deep meditation. It symbolizes the victory of holy over the evil and marks Buddha’s attainment of ‘Nirvana’.