Music and Dance – Thaara Jehun

This dance was introduced to the Maldives by the Gulf Arabs, mid 17th Century.

‘Thaara’ means tambourine in Dhivehi. ‘Jehun’ means beating. It is a kind of religious music and is performed only by men, who sing and dance. The early songs were in Arabic, now it is performed in the local language, Dhivehi.

It is performed by about 22 men in white seated on the ground in two parallel rows facing each other. The seated men sing and beat the Thaara while the dancers perform in front of them.

Today Thaara is only not as common as Bodu Beru. You may catch it being performed during Eid Festivals in the islands.