This dance form has male participation and domination. It is a group dance which is heroic in nature. The dancers dress themselves into tribal outfits. In the early days it was used to excite the soldiers during the war. While performing, the Ghumura dancers and singers of each group used to ask very complicated question related to socio-economic and political problems to their competent opposite group through the medium of the songs. This gave birth to the contemporary form of Ghumura-Ladhei or Badi-Ghumura in Kalahandi, which is very meaningful, attractive and enchanting too.
Specialty of Ghumura dance is that in this folk form the same artist is the performer on the stage and he himself is the dancer as well as the instrument player. No backstage accompanying instrument players are needed in Ghumura dance. The whole group of persons on the platform themselves create the melody.
The dance needs playing of the instrument Ghumura with both the hands throughout the performance. Ghumura instrument was formed by combination of a portion of Dambaru, a musical instrument of Lord Siva, and Veena of goddess Saraswati. Sometimes a flute is also added to produce an enhanced melody. In these days a singer is also added.
This dance form has earned a lot of name and fame in the recent time. The dancer have also shown their skills abroad.