festival of Lavani Mahotsav is celebrated in the state. Rajasthani music has a diverse collection of folk music traditions, which are associated with specific castes like the Langas, Sapera, Manganiar, Bhopa and Jogi. The person leading the dance wears false beard and a mask decorated with shells to look like teeth. So he is, undoubtedly, the predecessor of the contemporary Jatras of Bengal and Orissa.
Bihu dance is performed by young boys and girls in the open, though they do not mix with each other. Advertisements: Powada are ballads sung for heroes of the past like Shivaji describing their heroic deeds in a repetitive tune that is full of vigour. Naatupura Paatu is Tamil folk music. The soldiers and female dancers would form in lines and dance behind the chariot. Folk music has also influenced classical music, seen as a higher art form.