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Read on to explore the Brita Dance (a.k.a. Vrita Dance), a folk dance of West Bengal (India), performed by devotee to thank the supreme deity.

Brita Dance

The land of West Bengal is famous for its festive culture and adorable art. Music and beats run in the veins of Bengali people. There are several kinds of folk music and dances prevalent in various parts of the state. Amongst the chosen few, the Brita Dance, also known as Vrita Dance, is considered to be very special. In Bengali culture, the Vrita is more than a simple dance. In fact, it is considered to be a prayer, full of thankfulness, from the devotee to the almighty and as such, has religious overtures.

Brita Dance is actually a traditional folk dance of West Bengal. It is generally performed by the barren women of the state, in order to invoke the blessings of the Gods, so that their wishes for a child are fulfilled. After getting their wishes are granted, the women again dance in the temple premises, to appease the deity and thank him for his blessings. The dance is also performed after recovery from a life threatening crisis or a contagious disease, like small pox or chicken pox. It is still prevalent in rural Bengal.