dombi is a type like the nautch, done by a single nartaki. Songs are sung
by accompanying singers, and the dancer, the dombi, dances. The difference
is in the person of the dombi and the nature of the theme. Dombi is a kind
of drum and also a class or community of people accomplished in music and
(‘Uparupakas and Nritya-Prabhandas’ by Dr. V Raghavan, Nartanam, May – Aug 2008)
Kharevala, the Kars or Bhaumas ruled Kalinga from 2 – 7th C AD and Buddhism
was the prevalent art. The Kesari kings came to power in the 8th century.
They were followers of Shiva. Bhubaneswar became the center of the Shiva
cult and a dancing hall or Natamandap was an essential feature of temple
architecture. Jajati Kesari built the Lingaraja temple at Bhubaneswar and
also the first Jagannath temple at Puri. Since Jajati Kesari was a Siva
devotee, it is possible that the 1st Jagannath temple was a Saivite shrine.
(Chapter on Dance in Ancient Orissa, Dance Dialects of India, by Ragini Devi)
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