Dhunuchi Naach

Dhunuchi Naach, meaning dance holding hot earthen bowls emanating sweet smelling camphor and incense smoke. It is a traditional dance where devotees dance to the beats of dhaks (drums). The earthen bowls are filled with coconut husks, lots of camphor and incense sprinkled on them and finally lit. The husks burn slowly spreading out a sweet smelling smoke, which kind of intoxicates the devotees; they are soon into a gentle frenzy and start swaying to the beats of the dhaks.

I saw them dancing with one in hand, some with even two one in each hand. And the experts hold one in their mouth too. It is during moments like this I experience a lot of difficulty controlling my addiction to photography and just let my ordinary human being self sit and enjoy the moment. The way they twist their arms and sway the hot dhunuchi without spilling the hot embers out is a sight to treasure… any wrong movement can mean burning feet and face. Her blessings shield all, so I believe!

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31 Responses

  1. radha says:

    I know what you mean. I went for a show where this guy was doing wonderful tricks with a football, I just resisted the urge to take a picture and sat back to enjoy it. It is clearly imprinted in my mind. Maybe, I cannot share it. Nice pictures here.

  2. very nicely captured..:)

  3. Joop Zand says:

    Nice pictures Indrani….. well done.

    greetings, Joop

  4. YOSEE says:

    Wonderful photos. Such gymnastics with live embers is really scary !

  5. Ash says:

    Very nice images!

  6. Anu says:

    I have seen this when I used to attend the Durga Puja celebrations near my house, and its absolutely fascinating to see them!

  7. Denise says:

    I think we who love photography can understand Indrani. I for one am very happy you took these photos. They are great and I also enjoyed learning about this ceremony. Thank you!

  8. Hilary says:

    I learn so much here. I know what you mean. Sometimes the mental snapshots and videos are the best.

  9. Great shots, thanks for sharing these pictures and info.

  10. Onkar says:

    This used to be an integral part of Durga Puja festivities at my native place in Assam. Thanks for bringing alive the sweet memories.

  11. ladyfi says:

    Oh, I can smell that lovely fragrance. Wonderful shots!

  12. india is so culturally rich that it should be on everybody's must visit places.


  13. Sylvia K says:

    Fantastic captures, Indrani! And how fascinating! I would love to visit India and see the things I have read about on your and others blogs! Thanks for sharing these with us!


  14. Carver says:

    These are great shots and such an interesting post.

  15. Looks like quite an interesting experience. I can only imagine how fragrant.

  16. George says:

    Thanks for a very interesting and informative post. I really enjoyed your photos.

  17. lotusleaf says:

    Interesting! and nice captures.

  18. Simply amazing. Great post.

  19. Kamini says:

    Wow, I had never heard of this type of dancing before!
    And I can totally relate to the photography addiction – sometimes I feel I see things more through the lens of my camera than with my own eyes!

  20. Very interesting go0d thing y0u have chance to see them,there were times i'd like to be free and just d0 the clicking but time is always to hard to find., weekend getaway @ kenting

  21. eileeninmd says:

    What a neat show, loved the photos. Thanks for sharing your world.

  22. shubho bijoya!!!
    the first pic is nice!!!

  23. Amazing. It would take immense skill to do these dances without getting burned. I can't even imagine it. Thank you for sharing this with us, Indrani.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada

  24. Viola says:

    Nice to see, and lovely photos! Have good days! 🙂

  25. Cloudia says:

    Thanks for showing us!

    Aloha from Hawaii

    Comfort Spiral


  26. moe lauher says:

    Thanks for sharing this posting. The wonderful thing about That's My World is that we get to learn about so many places and things. Also, thanks for stopping by and visitng me. I love your profile picture. 🙂

  27. Rajesh says:

    Beautiful dance performances.

  28. RNSANE says:

    You have so many special things in your country to share with us, Indrani, and I really feel blessed that you do this. India is such a special place to me and, until I can visit and witness some of these events myself, I love being able to do it vicariously through your marvelous photography. Many thanks.

  29. Pietro says:

    Really interesting, well photographed!

  30. Evelyn says:

    Wow, I bet it's really hot even to hold!

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