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FOLK DANCES India is a very large country. There are 28 states and 6 union territories. In different states people have different cultures. So they have different customs. Dance is an important part of our cultural activities. There are different folk dances in different states.

Bihu- This is folk dance of Asam. This dancce is related to the festival of Bihu.This joyous dance is performed by both young man and woman. Dancers wear traditionally colourful Assameses clothing :

Bihu- This is folk dance of Asam . This dancce is related to the festival of Bihu.This joyous dance is performed by both young man and woman. Dancers wear traditionally colourful Assameses clothing

Gujarat- Garba &Dandiya:

Gujarat- Garba & Dandiya Garba is a popular folk dance of Gujarat.Itis a circular form of dance performed by ladies on the Navaratri days,Sharad purnima,Holi and such other festive occations.The basics of the dance are singing and clapping rhythmically while going round goddes.The costumes and instruments used during these dances are also typically costumes.



Dandiya :

Dandiya It is very simple dance and is performed by a group who move in circles to measure steps, marking time by sticks called dandia. Dandiya are the featured dances of Navratri evenings in Gujarat. The women wear traditional dresses such as colorful embroidered choli, ghagra and bandhani dupattas dazzling with mirror work and heavy jewellery.

Dandiya :


Dances of Punjab Bhangara :

Dances of Punjab Bhangara The most popular instinctive dance of men in Punjab, Bhangra , if not the most robust, is one of India's popular folk dances. This dance is performed during the Baisakhi festival to the accompaniments and songs of Dholak. The dancers snap their fingers, do balancing tricks and indulge in acrobatic feats. They recite witty couplets known as bolis and out of sheer exuberance mouth meaningless sounds such as hoay, hoay. The dancers are dressed in lungis and turbans.

Bhangara :



Gidda Gentler than the Bhangra, the Gidda is danced by women and young girls on family and festive occasions. The girls and women form a circle, with one of their number in the center. The tradition of Boliyan (light-hearted satirical verse) is observed here as well, and is as much a part of the dance as are the colorful regional dresses. The dholki drum provides music and often singers keep music by tapping spoons on the body of the drum.


Dances of Rajasthan:- Kalbelia Dance Chari Dance Ghoomar Dance Fire Dance Kachhi Gori

Kalbelia Dance:

Kalbelia Dance This fascinating kalbelia dance is performed by the women of Kalbelia community, age-old occupation being catching snakes and trading snake venom. Hence the dance movements and the costumes bear resemblance to that of the serpents. Dancers are attired in traditional black swirling skirts, sway sinuously to the accompaniment of pungi, dufli and plaintive notes of the 'been' - the wooden instrument of the snake charmers.

Chari Dance:

Chari Dance Pots topped with lighted lamps are balanced on the head and graceful hand movements come together in the chari dance of the kishangarh area. It is amazing to see how these performers move effortlessly on the floor and do not seem at all conscious of a potential danger of being burnt at all!

Ghoomer Dance:

Ghoomer Dance A dance of women akin to the ghoomar is the panihari. The performers carry earthen pots and dance with slick movements of the hands and feet. Although this is essentially a group dance, sometimes performers show-off their skill by dancing independently.

Kachhi Gori:

Kachhi Gori This is the dance performed on dumy horser. men in elaborate costumes ride the equally well - dressed dummy horses. Holding naked swords, these dancers move rhythmically to the beating of drums and fifes. A singer narrates the exploits of the Bavaria bandits of Shekhawati.

Fire Dance:

Fire Dance An authentic fire dance is performed by the 'jasnathis' of Bikaner and Churu districts. The accompanying music rises in tempo as the dance progresses, ending with the performer dancing on brightly glowing embers, which is a breathtaking and deeply impressive sight.

Padayani (Kerala)::

Padayani (Kerala): One of the most colourful and enchanting dances of Southern Kerala associated with the festival of certain temples is called Padayani or Paddeni. The main kolams (huge masks) presented in Padayani are Bhairavi (Kali), Kalan (god of death), Yakshi (fairy), Pakshi (bird), etc. The literal meaning of Padayani is military formations or rows of army, in folk art.

The folk dances of Tamil Nadu:

The folk dances of Tamil Nadu Karagaattam Kummi Mayil Atam Kollattam Oyil Kummi Kavadi Attam

Folk dance of Tamil Nadu:

Folk dance of Tamil Nadu K aragam is a folk dance with musical accompaniment, performed balancing a pot on the head. Traditionally, this dance was performed by the villagers in praise of the rain goddess Mari Amman and river goddess, Gangai Amman, performed with literature with water pots balanced on their heads. In Sangam literature, it is mentioned as 'Kudakoothu'.


This dance has two divisions - one, Aatta Karagam and the other 'Sakthi Karagam'. More often it is danced with decorated pots on the head and is known as 'Aatta Karagam' and symbolises joy and merriment. The former is performed only in temples, while the latter is mainly entertainment in nature. This is one of the more popular rural dances today. Earlier it was performed only with accompliment of the Naiyandi Melam but now it includes songs also.





Poikkal Kudirai Aattam:

Poikkal Kudirai Aattam Poikkal Kudirai Aattam : This is the Dummy Horse Dance where the dancer bears the dummi figure of a horse's body on his/her hips. This is made of light-weighted materials and the cloth at the sides swings to and fro covering the legs of the dancer. The dancer dons wooden legs which sound like the hooves of the horse. The dancer brandishes either a sword or a whip. This folk dance needs much training and skill. This dance is accompanied by Naiyandi melam or Band music. This is connected to the worship of Ayyanar, prevails manily around Thanjavur



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