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Category: Types of Dances

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27 April

The Ras lila or Ras dance or Krishna Tandava, is part of the traditional story of Krishna described in Hindu scriptures such as the Bhagavata Purana and literature such as the Gita Govinda, where he dances with Radha and her sakhis (gopis). The Indian classical dance of Kathak evolved from the ‘Raslila of Braj and Manipuri Classical Dance’ (Vrindavana) also known as Natwari Nritya, which was revived in 1960s by the Kathak dancer, Uma Sharma. The term, rasa meaning […]

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27 April

Nautanki is one of the most popular folk performance forms of South Asia, particularly in northern India. Before the advent of Bollywood (the Hindi film industry), Nautanki was the biggest entertainment medium in the villages and towns of northern India. Nautanki’s rich musical compositions and humorous, entertaining storylines hold a strong influence over rural people’s imagination. […]

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27 April

Jhainta This dance gives energy to the dancers and is said to make the dancers even bolder as they face the hardships in life. Commonly practiced in Kumaon district of the Himachal Pradesh, this dance form rejuvenates the dancers. This dance is performed by both men and women. Men and women whirl past each other […]

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27 April

Thali, Jadda  Thali is a graceful dance form performed by women of Kumaon region in Uttrakhand weddings. They have to balance a metal plate on their head through the dance while taking spins. Jadda and Jainta are another traditional dance forms enacted by men and women of Kumaon region. Both men and women come together, forms a circle and […]

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27 April

Chholiya (or Chhaliya) is a dance form practised in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand, India. It is basically a sword dance accompanying a marriage procession but now it is performed on many auspicious occasions. It is especially popular in the districts of Almora, Bageshwar, Champawat and Pithoragarh of Kumaon division and has even spread to the Garhwal division. This sword dance has a history of more than a thousand years […]

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Lebang Boomani dance (also Lebang Bumani) is a harvest dance performed by the Tripuri people of Tripura, India. It is one of two dances associated with the Tripuris, the other being the Garia dance that is performed at the time of sowing crops. Both men and women participate in the Lebang Boomani dance. The men use bamboo clappers called tokkas […]

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27 April

Goria dance or Garia dance is a dance of the Tripuri people of the Indian state of Tripura. It is performed during Goria puja, the festival to celebrate the sowing of new crops and prayer for a good harvest during the month of Baisakha. In the western calendar, the dancing occurs after the middle of […]

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27 April

Hojagiri is a folk dance, performed in the state of Tripura, India by the Bru(Reang) clan one of the Tripuri community. It is performed by women and young girls, about 4 to 6 members in a team, singing, balancing on an earthen pitcher, and managing other props such as a bottle on the head and […]

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The Perini siva Thandavam is a dance form usually performed by males. It is called ‘Dance of Warriors’. Warriors before leaving to the battlefield enact this dance before the idol of Lord Śiva (Siva). The dance form, Perini, reached its pinnacle during the rule of the ‘Kakatiyas’ who established their dynasty at Warangal and ruled for almost […]

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27 April

Oyilattam is a folk dance with origins in the Madurai region of Tamil Nadu. The dance has its origins in southern Tamil Nadu and is primarily performed in Madurai district, Tirunelveli district, and Tiruchirapalli district. It was traditionally a dance where a few men would stand in a row with two kerchiefs perform rhythmic steps […]

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27 April

Puliyattam (means Tiger Dance) is an old folk art dance of Tamil country. A highly exuberant and cultural festival, this dance form usually comprises a troupe of 6 performers aping the movements of the majestic, predatory tigers. Their bodies are painted by the painstaking efforts of local artists in vibrant yellow and black to resemble […]

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27 April

Bommalattam or puppet show Puppet shows are held in every village during festivals and fairs. Many different kinds of puppets are used for this show – cloth, wood, leather, etc. They are manipulated through strings or wires. The puppeteers stand behind a screen and the puppets are held in front. The stories enacted in the […]

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27 April

Terukkuttu is a Tamil street theatre form practiced in Tamil Nadu state of India and Tamil-speaking regions of Sri Lanka.Terukuttu is a form of entertainment, a ritual, and a medium of social instruction. The terukkuttu plays various themes. One theme is from the Tamil language versions of the Hindu epic Mahabharata, focusing on the character […]

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27 April

Kavadi Aattam (“Burden Dance”) is a ceremonial sacrifice and offering practiced by devotees during the worship of Lord Murugan,[1] the Hindu God of War.It is a central part of the festival of Thaipusam and emphasizes debt bondage. The kavadi (“burden”) itself is a physical burden, the bearing of which is used by the devotee to implore Murugan for assistance, usually on behalf of a loved […]

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27 April

Kavadi Aattam (“Burden Dance”) is a ceremonial sacrifice and offering practiced by devotees during the worship of Lord Murugan,[1] the Hindu God of War.It is a central part of the festival of Thaipusam and emphasizes debt bondage. The kavadi (“burden”) itself is a physical burden, the bearing of which is used by the devotee to implore Murugan for assistance, usually on behalf of a loved […]

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27 April

Kummi is a folk dance, popular in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in India, danced mostly by Tamil women in circles. Dancing may be different. In some places, it is very simple, with rhythmic clapping or beating of the drums. In other places, dancers imitate various harvesting activities. Kummi often accompanies by songs, called “Kummi songs”. […]

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27 April

Rechungma Rechungma is a kind of typical Sikkimese dance that is performed to show gratitude towards God for his continued blessings. It is usually arranged on occasions like childbirth, marriage and other social gatherings.

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27 April

Maruni is a Sikkimese dance, also popular in nearby Nepal, Darjeeling, Assam, Bhutan and Myanmar. It is the oldest and most famous dance of the Nepalese community residing in these regions, originally danced as part of the Tihar festival.Dressed colorfully with rich ornaments, the dancers dance to commemorate “the victory of good over evil”, accompanied by the traditional Nepali Naumati Baja orchestra.Maruni Nach has been […]

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The cham dance is a lively masked and costumed dance associated with some sects of Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhist festivals. The dance is accompanied by music played by monks using traditional Tibetan musical instruments. The dances often offer moral instruction relating to karuṇā (compassion) for sentient beings and are held to bring merit to all who perceive them. Chams are considered a form of meditation and an offering to the gods. The leader of […]

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27 April

Singhi Chham or Kanchendzonga Dance is a lion dance form in Sikkim whereby the dancers perform in a lion costume that represents the snow lion. It is a dance of the Bhutia people and was said to have been introduced by Chador Namgyal, the third Chogyal of Sikkim, in the 18th century. It is usually […]

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27 April

he Kalbelia dance, performed as a celebration, is an integral part of Kalbelia culture. Their dances and songs are a matter of pride and a marker of identity for the Kalbelias and they represent the creative adaptation of this community of snake charmers to changing socioeconomic conditions and their own role in rural Rajasthani society. The dancers […]

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27 April

Jhulan Yatra is one of the most important festivals for the followers of Lord Krishna celebrated in the monsoon month of Shravan. After Holi and Janmashthami, it is the biggest and most popular religious occasion of the Vaishnavas. Known for its spectacular display of decorated swings, song, and dance, Jhulan is a joyful festival celebrating […]

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27 April

Ghoomar is a traditional folk dance of Rajasthan. It was the Bhil tribe who performed it to worship Goddess Sarasvati which was later embraced by other Rajasthani communities. The dance is chiefly performed by veiled women who wear flowing dresses called Ghaghara. It was ranked 4th in the list of “Top 10 local dances around […]

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21 April

Jindua is one type of Song, but now the days it is performed with the dance steps & singing by couples for expressing their feelings about each other. Even today this is quite common in group gatherings and even in school events. Description Jindua is a very common folk dance, where there is a pair – […]

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21 April

What is Luddi Dance? This is also a male dance of Punjab. It is danced to celebrate a victory in any field. Usually performed by the males in the folk culture, the Luddi dance is performed as a celebratory dance that celebrates victory of any Punjabi in any field. The dance movements in this dance […]

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21 April

Sammi is a traditional dance form originating from the tribal communities of Punjab. The dance is popular in the Sandalbar area of Punjab, Pakistan. Costume The dancers are dressed in bright colored kurtas and full flowing skirts called lehengas. A peculiar silver hair ornament is associated with this dance. Performance Like Giddha it is danced in a circle. The dancers stand in a ring and swing […]

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21 April

Kikli, is one of the folk dances of Punjabi females performed by two girls holding hands and twirling each other in a circle, and balancing their positions in circular motions. It is generally popular in young girls and performed in pairs. A variety of songs are used with clapping. Dancing style It is more of […]

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21 April

Jhumar or Jhoomar is a lively form of music and dance that originated in the Multan and Balochistan, also thrived in Sandalbar areas of Punjab. It is slower and more rhythmic form. The word “Jhumar” comes from Jhum/Jhoom, which means Swaying. The songs evoke a quality which reminds of swaying. Though the content of these […]

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17 April

This particular mesmerizing dance is not only to entertain people but also to impress gods. this is performed by the Jaunsar Bhawar people which is located in the Chakrata hill station. the men and women dress up in beautiful attire and enact a story that is embedded in a dance form.  it can also be […]

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14 April

This dance is done to mark the arrival of the monsoons to express joy and happiness. History of Kajri Dance The birth of the Kajri dance seems to take place in Mirzapur. The story of this dance began when King Kantit Naresh’s daughter Kajali loved her husband but unfortunately could not meet him throughout her […]

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The specialty of Jhora dance is that it encourages people from all castes, ages, and gender to enjoy the dance equally. Originally the folk dance emerged in Kumaon region in Uttarakhand which was previously known as Uttaranchal.  This type of dance is performed at the onset of the spring season and the tribes dance twice […]

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Chhapeli is the famous traditional dance of Uttarakhand. This dance is performed by the actual lovers as it is the culture of this dance form. the dance should be performed by the lovers who want to enhance the bond or relationship. the dance is characterised by colourful dresses and instruments in hand. The men carry […]

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13 April

the semi-classical Indian dance with the amalgamation of martial, tribal, and folk traditions is the Chhau dance. There are three styles the Purulia, Seraikella, and Mayurbhanj. from martial arts, acrobatics, and athletics to being a structured dance. The themes are based on Shauvus, Shaktism, and Vaishnavism. The costumes differ from Purulia and Serakeilla and use […]

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13 April

The folk dance of West Bengal Kathi dance is notable for its hand and leg coordination. The dance served as a revival of the culture but now it is performed for amusement and performed by the lower castes. Performance of Kathi Dance This dance is exclusively performed by a group of men and incorporates songs […]

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13 April

Kummi is a folk dance of Tamil Nadu performed by women who form a circle. there are different styles of performing the dance. few styles are very simple where it is performed by clapping and beating of drums in a rhythmic way. even harvesting activities are shown by some performers during the dance. the kummi […]

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21 March

Jhumar dance is a lively dance that is famous in Punjab. This has originated in the Multan and Balochistan and thrived in the Sandalbar areas of Punjab. In some areas, the slower and more rhythmic forms of the dance are seen. The word Jhumar is derived from Jhum / Jhoom which means swaying which is […]

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20 March

Malwai Giddha It is a traditional folk dance which is characterized by singing and dance by men while celebrating a festive occasion. In fact, Giddha means rhythmically clapping and is done by women but hear the men make a foray into the art form. The participants play one of the following instruments: Bhukchu, Dholki, Algoza, […]

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Overview Giddha is different from other Punjabi traditional dances as it doesn’t require a dhol drum. the women stand in a circle and clap rhythmically. a woman recites lyrics or boli later, the entire circle repeats the boli. it is done in a call and response form. It gives stories of women’s life along with […]

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Bhangra is an art form that was performed by the Punjabi farmers known as Jatts to celebrate the harvest season. With the partition of India, the Punjabi folklore shared their dances with other individuals who resided along with them. When other cultures got mixed up, there emerged Bhangra which was a hybrid dance. This dance […]

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The folk dance called Lezim is a Maharashtrian folk dance. the dancers carry cymbals called Lezim therefore the lLeim is named after the musical instrument. During Gudi Padwa day every small corner of the city celebrates the festival and everyone dances and enjoys the Lezim dance. this dance is used as a fitness drill in […]

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Lavani Dance The Lavani means beauty which is the combination of dance, music and deals with varied topics like society, religion, politics, romance, etc. the women wear nine-yard sarees and dance to the rhythm of dholak which attracts the audience. The women dance sensually along with the catchy tune and teasing lyrics. Lavana dance was […]

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18 March

The Ghumura or Ghumra dance is one of the most famous dances in Odisha. The costume of Ghumura looks like a tribal dress but recently researchers have observed that the mudras and dance forms present in Ghumura represent other classical dance forms in India.  The history of the Ghumura dance is unclear but according to […]

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18 March

The dance by the famous Oriya army is known as the Paika dance. this dance is performed to not only entertain but also to create the feeling of inner strength to enhance courage in the army. in the tribal belt of the Mayurbhanj district, this dance is mainly followed as a tradition. The etymology of […]

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About the dance The Sambalpuri dance is renowned for being the best in coordination even though, it is not much popular among other cultures Wearing adornments like jewelry and other ornaments is only confined to their culture. the attire and the overall look makes the dance very special for the audience. This dance is performed […]

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Tamasha In the Persian language, the word tamasha means fun and entertainment. the dance is thought to be derived from a form of Sanskrit drama- the Prahsana and Bhana which are ancient dance forms. there are two sections of the modern Tamasha troupes. Firstly, the Song-dance troupe and the second one being the  Folk-drama troupe. […]

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About Dhol Cholom This is one of the great dances of Manipur. It is performed during Holi. It is the most renowned dance practiced in the North East Indian state of Manipur. This dance is also known as Drum Dance or the Dholak Cholom. This is performed in the spring season that is known as […]

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The ancient Manipuri Martial art dance that developed in the war environment of Manipur was also known as Huyen Lallong . It means the art of sword and the spear. The geopolitical environment which took place in medieval times between the countries of India and China included the times when many independent states were at […]

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About The Cheraw dance is a famous dance of Mizoram in India that is performed by six to eight members who hold pairs of bamboo staves on one another in a horizontal mode. The male members hold the bamboos and clap rhythmically and the female dancers groove to the rhythm produced by the beating of […]

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Gaur Maria Dance of Chhattisgarh One of the folk dances that is limited to a specified community is the Gaur Maria Dance which is the most popular dance among the people of the Bison Horn Maria community of Chhattisgarh. Gaur Maria Dance This dance is usually performed on the occasions such as birth and weddings. […]

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What is Grida Dance? This is a Madhya Pradesh folk dance. The people joyously perform this dance in different villages of India.   Description There are three phrases in the Grida Dance. The first one being the ‘Sela’ that is a relaxed and taut foot movement. The ‘Selalarki’ is the second phase and it’s slightly […]

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Origin Maach is not only a Khyal theatre form but also is the form that gave rise to other folk theater forms known as Nautanki in Uttar Pradesh and the Swang in Haryana. Golpalji Guru who has directed many Maach plays has introduced this Indian folk theatre form. It is also believed that the Turra […]

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What is Phulpati Dance? The region of Madhya Pradesh is popular as it has many customs and traditions. There are a lot of events and festivals which are held in Malwa city. The Phulpati dance is famous in this region. The unmarried girls of the rural area celebrate the dance at Holi. The dancers adorn […]

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Matki Dance is a renowned folk dance of the Malwa region in Madhya Pradesh. The women wear colourful attires on the stage and dance to the beats of the Dhol. The Dhol and other musical instruments are played by the men belonging to the tribe. The dance is performed on the occasions of celebrating birthdays […]

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The dance named Charkula is performed by the women of the Braj region in Uttar Pradesh. In this dance, the women wear a veil and carry large multi-tiered circular wooden pyramids on heads, and dance on the songs of Lord Krishna. The spirally arranged pyramids contain 108  lighted oil lamps. on the auspicious occasion of […]

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Tertali Dance Tertali dance is the beautiful is the beautiful Western folk dance originated from the state of Madhya Pradesh. The kamar tribe which is situated with in the northeastern part of Madhya Pradesh performs dance. many folk dances are practiced in Madhya Pradesh there is a large population of tribal community in Madhya Pradesh. […]

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The Banjaras perform the Lota dance which is a very popular dance of Madhya Pradesh. The women place water-filled pitchers arranged in a series and balance on their hands. Performance of Lota Dance The women dance with wonderful dance movements. The big size metal pots are balanced on the dancer’s heads and they swing in […]

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The traditional folk dance of the Lakshadweep Islands is called it is lava that is usually performed by the male members of the island. It is performed on the festivals and gracious occasions of the people of Lakshadweep. The rhythmic and gracious moments are performed by the dancers on beautiful folk songs. It resembles the […]

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 Theyyam- The Traditional ritualistic dance of Kerala Theyyam is a dance form in Kerala and Karnataka which comprises thousands of years old traditional ritualistic customs. The lower caste people perform this dance. The Nambootiri Brahmins formed this caste. People of Kerala consider that Theyyam is a means of communicating with God and therefore they seek […]

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Mudiyettu the ancient ritual art form of Kerala The Bhadrakali temples in Ernakulam as well as Kottayam districts are the places for performing this ancient ritual art form. This unique dance is based on Hindu mythology that involves a war scenario of Goddess Bhadrakali killing Darika. It is wonderful to watch it at night as […]

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Overview Krishnanattam is a type of extravagant dance form of Kerala. This dance form is another version of Kathakali which has consists of depicting the various life stages of Lord Krishna in an array of 8 stages- right from his birth to his ascent to heaven. The Krishnanattam artists focus on bodily gesticulations and expressions […]

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Koodiyattam dance form Kutiyattam (Koodiyattam) is around 2000 years old classical dramatic art form of Kerala. Before the emergence of the Fifteenth century, Kutiyattam dance form attained its fully-fledged form in its dramatic presentation. Where is it performed? The temple theatres, Koothambalam, are the famous platforms for the Chyakyar and Nambyar caste members who usually […]

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About Kaikottikali dance form Kaikottikali popularly known as Thiruvathirakali is one of the renowned group dances in Kerala. It is performed by women during the splendid festival -Onam and Thiruvathira. Kaikottikali is a sophisticated dance form in which ‘Lasya’ or the beauty element is paramount. In some parts of Malabar, an element of ‘Thandava’ is […]

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Origin With the spread of Christianity, Chavittu Natakam, one of a colorful theatre form flourished at Kodunngalloor in Kerala. This dance form had been introduced by the Portuguese. The originators of this art form are Chinna Thampi Pilla and Vedanayakan Pilla. The Effect of western visual opera can be clearly depicted through this art form. […]

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Ottam Thullal
20 November

Ottamthullal is said to be another version of Kathakali and known to be ‘Poor mans’ Kathakali’. A Person named Kunchan Nambiar had created this art form as a medium to protest against the socio-political structure and societal prejudice. They are performed in the Kerala temples. This dance form hails in all its glory till this […]

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Mohiniattam
20 November

History of the dance Mohiniattam has evolved from the state of Kerala, India. It is an Indian classical dance form as popular as Kathakali. Mohiniattam’s roots are derived from the ancient Sanskrit Hindu text ‘Natya Shastra’ which means performing arts. Mohiniattam is connected to Lasya which is more graceful and showcases a gentle and feminine […]

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Chakiarkoothu
20 November

Overview The Aryan Immigrants introduced this dance to Kerala. It is performed by the Chakiar caste members. The Hindus of the higher castes only can witness this highly orthodox entertainment. Koothambalam is the theatre in the temples where this dance is performed. The dance With elaborate hand gestures and dramatic facial expressions, the story is […]

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20 November

  Dance In this dance, the performers show their love for the almighty by dancing and singing. In the months of Karthika and Sharavana, the Hindu god is praised through performing this dance. The Hindu God Veerbhadra is praised throughout the Veeragase dance in the state of Karnataka. The singers, musicians, and dancers comprise the […]

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Dollu Kunitha
20 November

  Overview on the Dollu Kunitha Dance One of the most popular drum dances of Karnataka occupying the proudest place among folk dances is – Dollu Kunitha. In this dance form, one sings and also displays spectacular varieties and complex skills for demonstration. History It is believed that Lord Beereshwara’s worshipper named Kuruba Gowdas had […]

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Simha Nutrya
20 November

          Overview In the district of Karnataka, Uttara Kannada, the Lion Dance named Simha Nrutya is very famous. The Yakshagana artists perform the dance by replicating the movements of a lion. The artists dress up like a lion wearing costumes made of bark and yarn which is colored with natural dyes […]

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20 November

Bayalata Dance The well versed and creative people of southern Karnataka know different dance forms, and the Bayalata dance is widely enjoyed by them. Yakshagana is also another form of Bayalata. The Puranas and the epic poetries are also included in this dance because through this dance many mythological stories and poetries. The performers dance […]

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20 November

The people of Central and Eastern India celebrate the festival of Karma every year. This is also called the Karma Naach or the Karma Dance. This dance is celebrated in the autumn season that means from the eleventh day of the fortnight of the month of Bhadrab.       This dance called Karma Nach […]

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The Kanjar tribe performs one of the most popular folk dances named Chakri. In Hindi, the word Chakri means Chakkar which means Circular rotation. The Kota and Baran districts of Rajasthan is inhabited by the Kanjar tribe. In the Haroti region of Rajasthan, Chakri dance is commonly performed in marriage celebrations and festivals. This tribal […]

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Rouf Dance – Jammu & Kashmir What is Rouf Dance? The Rouf dance is a mystical poetical folk dance that is practiced by the women of the Kashmir valley. Among the several other dances in Kashmir, This dance is characterized by the women lining up in two rows facing each other in colorful costumes. This […]

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 Hikat, danced by women, is a modification of a game played by children. Forming pairs, the participants extend their arms to the front gripping each other’s wrists and with the body inclined back, go round and round at the same spot.     A game played by children is modified and named ‘Hikat’ which is […]

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One of the extravagant dances of the land of Punjab is popularly known as Giddha-a folk dance of women. This dance includes the rustic energy seen in the Bhangra dance. Giddha is one of the ancient dances of India which is known as the ring dance. this dance showcases feminity gracefully with a lot of […]

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Luddi dance is performed to celebrate the victory, it is basically performed by males. The steps are simple and slow and it is a mash-up of Bhangra. There is no discretion of gender while performing the dance as it is an enjoyable moment for all the ones celebrating victory. The Luddi dance, though colorful, doesn’t […]

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Dhamaal
20 November

History In the beginning of the Mahabharata period, this dance called Dhamaal had originated in Haryana.  The Ahirs (a tribe) in the Gurgaon area are famous for performing this dance. In the month of Phalgun, the men perform this dance in the moonlight. Along with the rhythm of the Dhamal, the men sing and dance. […]

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Loor
20 November

The Loor is a dance form famous in the region of Bangar in Haryana. It is performed by the female dancers during the Holi festival.  In this performance, the girls stand in a semicircular fashion and face each other. The first group sings the song and the other group replies to it.  The first group […]

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20 November

About the dance Gugga Pir is worshiped as he is considered as a saint by the Hindu and Muslim folks residing in Haryana. The devotees of Gugga sing and dance worshiping Gugga saint during a procession a week before the Gugga Naumi. The procession is characterised by the Gugga dance.  Using the instruments like the […]

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Overview One of the most popular dances of Haryana is the Khoria dance which is a little similar to the Jhumar dance. It is performed by the women folk in central Haryana. One of the striking features of this dance it is the fastest dance among all the others. For the occasions like weddings or […]

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Swang
20 November

The Saang or Swang is a very popular dance form in the state of Haryana. This dance is a regional folkdance in many states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. This special folk dance Theme of this dance depends on the Hindu mythology. This beautiful dance form emerged form the Malwa region. This dance […]

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20 November

  The Dhalo festival is performed gracefully by the woman. As the earth has the ability to regenerate herself, this festival is based on the fertility. In this type of dance the heap of mud is the considered holy and it is worshipped as it symbolises the mother earth. This heap of mud is known […]

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Taranga Mel is a famous folk dance performed by the young generation of Goa, this is an energetic dance performed on Dushehra and Holi even on the Shigmo festival .The name ‘Tarangmel’ is derived from the streamers and flags which are called as Tarang.  The multicolored flags as well as streamers are waved by the performers […]

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Dekhni is a very popular dance of Goa which represents a blend of Indian melody with the tangy Western rhythm. The Dekni or Dekhni dance of Goa is usually performed by the Christian girls who dress up in beautiful Indian attires.  The performance includes singing as well as dancing. In this particular dance, the life […]

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Fugdi
20 November

The Konkani dance Fugdi is performed by the Goan women. The dance is performed on special occasions like Vrata, Ganesh Chathurthhi etc.  The women of Goa take a break from their regular chores and have fun through dancing. This takes place in the month of the Bhaadrapa.  The Dhangar community also known as the shepherds […]

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Dandya Ras
20 November

The Dandiya Raas is a special traditional dance performed in honour of the Goddess Durga. It commemorates the victory of the Goddess over the evil Mahishasura. The dandiya represents the sword. The scenes of the battle are enacted and re-created. The audience witness the battle between Devi and demon in awe. This awesome dance is […]

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Raut Nacha
16 November

The Yadavas (a caste considered as descendants of Krishna) perform the Raut Nacha.  At the time of ‘devudhni ekadashi’, this dance is performed to worship Lord Krishna. This dance which has a close resemblance to the Raas Lela, is considered to be performed at a time which is known to be the awakening time of […]

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15 November

Overview The Satnami Comunity of Chattisgarh  observes the most important ritual through a folk dance known as the Panthi dance. The dance involves a lot of gestures and expressions also rhythmic steps along the melodious songs History The tribes of the Chattisgarh state perform this dance which is full of cultural heritage and traditions. The […]

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15 November

“BIDESIA” – THE FOLK THEATRE OF EASTERN INDIA In the twentieth century of the emergence of the folk theatre, the dance form that is popularly known as ‘Bidesia’ in the state of Bihar had evolved. The theme of Bidesia rests on many topics which are related to the social structure of the community as well […]

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15 November

FAGUNA OR FAG DANCE This fantabulous dance is performed by the people in Haryana. The dance is perfomed in the Lunar month of Phalgun.  The festival of colours which is popularly known as Holi is celebrated in this month. The musical instruments used for this dance is Tasha, Nagara and the Dhol. The songs of […]

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26 October

The Lambadi is a folk dance among the Banjara which has originated from a village of Anupu. The land of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are famous for having different folk dances with a varied culture of their own. Even they have their own dances, musical instruments etc. The Lambadis are basically nomads who move from […]

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26 October

  The Jatra is a dance that originated in West Bengal and also in Orissa.  It is popular in the States of Bihar as well as it has a vivid music form and the theatre draws in the stories from several sources including the Hindu mythology, the popular legends and the realistic events. It is […]

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26 October

The Manipuri dance arose from a small region which is covered with hills giving you a geographical solitude. The Manipuri dance originated from rich tradition and cultural background from the region of Manipur a place in North Eastern State of India that is surrounded by hills on all sides.   King BhagyaChandra designed the dance […]

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26 October

  Yakshagana refers to old Sanskrit literature. It is very popular form of theatre combining energetic dancing acrobatics and singing. This is performed in the state of Karnataka. The battle scenes are portrayed and also the performance is heroic and emotional at the same time. Therefore Yakshagana is considered as a folk theatre. The word […]

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Bhavai
26 October

The Bhavai folk dance is accompanied by a lot of balancing activities like balance in 7 to 9 brass pots on the head and also the objects like glass bottles, edge of a sword and brass plates. The brass pots are replaced with a number of other pots. The dance movements  comprise of twirl and […]

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Garba
23 October

  The garba dance was popularised by Usha, the grand daughter in law of Lord Krishna. It originates in Gujarat. This raas dance is also known as garba dance it is also known as lasya nritya. The garba originates from a community circle in the North Western part of Gujarat. It even relates to an […]

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19 October

The Mithila and Koshi region of North Bihar is famous for its folk dance which is named as Jat Jatin. It is performed in the moonlight by the couples and their epic love stories are depicted.The story is about Jat and Jatin who were lovers and were separated due to contrary situations in life this […]

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19 October

AJI LAMU DANCE: The Monpa tribe is a folk dance that emerged from the Monpa tribe. The group daces are  loaded with heaps of entertainment. The dances cover their faces with many different animal masks and also have lot of props which are used for the entertainment. Due to these accessories people are enthralled to […]

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18 October

The Bardo Chham folk dance is a very important  folk  dance  among the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. The dance is performed during festivals. Thousands of years of ancient traditions are preserved by the primitive tribal communities who live in the Himalayas. The tough lifestyle of these tribal people made them able to choreograph these folk […]

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18 October

The indigenous dance form named Popir is one among the most popular dance forms. It is performed by Galos of Arunachal Pradesh. This is a dance form mainly performed by girls who are young with bright dresses with along with headgears and is greatly similar to the ponung dance. The girls wear their traditional costumes […]

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Chalo
15 October

The most fantastic colourful festival of the Arunachal Pradesh is the’ Chalo loku’ which is derived from Cha meaning  paddy, Lo meaning season and loku means festival. It is celebrated in the month of October and November every year once the harvest of the paddy field is ripe and is ready to be harvested. This […]

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Lion and peacock dance The monpa tribe of Arunachal Pradesh perform the folk dance popularly known as Lion and Peacock Dance. In this dance the gait and movements of animals are imitated by the dancers. Two groups are formed which are accompanied with a drummer each. The masks of cock and the lion heads are […]

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15 October

The acts of Lord Krishna were written in the language of Brajavali. Ankia Naat is performed by the artists in one act it is called Bhaona which is written in a language that is a mixture of Assamese-Mythili and mainly focuses on the acts of Lord Krishna. Singers, instruments, dance, and costumes are the main […]

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Bihu
12 October

Rongali Bihu, Kongali Bihu and Bhogali Bihu are the main Bihu festivals in Assam. Bihu is a folk dance in Assam which is performed during the Bihu festival. In the year 1694 at Ranghar fields, as per the invitation of Ahom King Rudra Singha, the Bihu dance performers performed the dance on the occasion of […]

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12 October

Ojapali is a dance that involves song, dance, and drama that is performed by a group of 1 chief performer and 3 to 4 palis therefore it is called Ojapali. A palm-sized symbol is an instrument that is used it is also known as khutitaal. Nupur, silver jewelry, and white gowns with long sleeves are […]

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Kolatam
12 October

In the region of Telangana, Kolatam is a different version of dandiya which is becoming extinct. Therefore, it is performed during festivals like Bathukamma for Holi and some other special occasions. The navaratrulu of Bathukamma is considered a special occasion for performing Kolatam as well as Dandiya. Everyone enjoys performing the dance: men, women and […]

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Odissi
22 September

The predominant dance form of India is Odissi which emerged in the Hindu temples of the eastern coast of Odisha in India. Theoretically, it dates back to the Natya Shastra which is a very old Sanskrit Hindu text on the performing arts. It manifests the dance postures which are associated with Hinduism Jainism and Buddhism. […]

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Kathak
22 September

Kathak word is derived from Sanskrit word Katha meaning story. It emerged from North India. The storytellers known as kathakas are the folk people who traveled telling the epic tales of gods and goddesses similar to Mahabharata. Indian culture is accentuated by kathak. The ancient temples have written scripts and sculptures of kathak dancers engraved. […]

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Kathakali
22 September

  One of the most important genres of the classical dance forms of India is the Kathakali. It involves storytelling, as well as the dance drama in the southern state of India- God’s, own paradise Kerala. The story is narrated in the form of dance through footwork and facial and hand gestures. it includes a […]

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Bharatanatyam
21 September

One of the living performance art is Bharathanatyam which is widely practiced. It expresses human emotions in stylized storytelling. The pieces of evidence are as old as 3000 years old. It has retained its devotional component and moved from temples to theatres over time.   The word Bhava means emotion; raga means melody; tala means […]

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Kuchipudi
21 September

Kuchipudi is a dance form which is named after the village Kuchelapuram, AP. It started from the Bhakti movement in the 17th century. Sidhendra Yogi in the 14th century gave a new direction to Kuchipudi. It was actually the dance of the males who traveled from village to village enacting stories related to Hindu mythology. […]

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