Leisure Recreation and the Arts

Most rural residents of Orissa and West Bengal spend their limited leisure time socializing in sex-segregated groups. In both rural and urban areas religious rituals provide numerous occasions for extended kin to gather, visit temples, and share feasts.

The arts include numerous classical forms of music and dance, much of it originating in temple rituals, with roles for both men and women. Orissa is the home of a highly regarded dance form known as Odisi. Folk music, dance, painting, and other regional arts are rich and numerous in both Orissa and West Bengal and are often associated with specific jatis.

For recreation, urban settings have restaurants, cafes, theaters, and movie houses that provide family outings and hang-outs for young unmarried men. Women rarely frequent them unescorted by male relatives.

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