Friday, November 13, 2009

The Gajan-gani

The Gajan-gani
Originally uploaded by graffkeith
Similar to clowns performing in a circus, the Gajan-gani is a character who dances among the regular drummers and dancers one regularly sees at Eisa festivals. Often they are made up in garish makeup and odd clothing combinations. Their claim to fame is the fan that they carry as the dance. They often dance counter to the beat of the music and flick the fan as if they are shooing flies or mosquitos away from the other performers. Hence the name "Gajan" mosquito and "gani" person.

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