Karma Nrittya (Dance) is Considered as one of the oldest forms of LOK-NRITYA. It is widely popular in the northern region of Chhattisgarh. It is also known as Karma Nach.
The tribal group presents this folk dance in front of Karam tree that symbolizes the Karam Devta (god) or Karamseni to make him happy. People start celebrating this dance usually after Vijaya Dashmi and continue to next Rany season.
Men and women dance to the tunes of the instruments like Thumki, Chhalla, Payri and Jhumki. The drum locally known as ‘
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Karma Dance is very popular in Gond, Baiga, Orao, Binjhwar and many tribes, Usually, they reside in Korba, Surguja, Jashpur, Bilaspur, and Kavrdha of Chhattisgarh. also in some other state Odisa, Madhyapradesh and Jharkhand.