Maldives Music and Dance
The island nation of Maldives is known for its rich cultural heritage and traditions, which has a strong Indian, Sri Lankan, Arab, East African and South East Asian influence. The Maldives Music and dance are the biggest examples of the country's rich, colorful and vibrant culture.
Bodu Beru is the most popular form of music and dance, which was introduced in the 19th century. Almost all the islands of the country have their own Bodu Beru troupe who performs during special occasions and festivals.
Dhandijehun is a form of dance. It is a group dance performed by men only. The dancers hold a stick called 'Dhandi' and dance to the rhythm of the music. In this dance, one dancer has to clap his stick with that of the other. Special dresses are worn in this form of dance.
Other examples of Maldives music and dance include Gaa Odi Lava, Bolimalaafath neshun, Maafathi neshun, Fathigandu Jehun and Kulhudhuffushi.
The music and dance of Maldives are extremely colorful and are a source of entertainment and enjoyment for the people of the country.