Maldives is primarily acclaimed for the picturesque beaches that make up the archipelago, but it is full of cultural arts and practices that have been showcased for generations. Find out more about the fascinating bodu beru music and dance tradition that encompasses everything the Maldivian people represent.
The Rhythmic Beat
At the core of Boduberu is its distinctive rhythm, created by a group of drummers known as ‘Boduberu Ganduvaru.’ These talented musicians beat on large wooden drums called ‘bodu beru’ to produce an infectious, hypnotic rhythm that instantly captures the attention of anyone within earshot.
The Dance of Unity
Accompanying the music are energetic and synchronized dance movements. Dancers clad in colourful costumes move in harmony with the beat, their steps and gestures conveying stories of Maldivian life, folklore, and traditions. Boduberu is often performed at social gatherings, festivals, and special occasions, where it serves as a communal activity that fosters a sense of unity and togetherness among participants.
A Cultural Showcase
Boduberu is more than just a performance; it’s a cultural showcase of celebration. The lyrics of the songs often touch upon everyday life in the Maldives, from the challenges of fishing to the joys of island living. Through this art form, Maldivians celebrate their unique heritage and the natural beauty of their islands. You can simultaneously enjoy a beachside stay at Maldive’s 5-star luxury resorts such as the OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo and head to these gatherings to enjoy some cultural beauty.