Folk dances in India : Study Notes

  • Bathukamma: A folk dance of Andhra Pradesh.
  • Bihu: Bihu is a folk dance from Assam. It is a very brisk and aggressive dance performed by both boys and girls.
  • Changu: The changu dance is a folk dance found in Odissa and Andhra Pradesh. It derives its name from the changu, which is a simple tambourine (daf) that is used to accompany this dance.
  • Dandaria: A folk dance of Andhra Pradesh.
  • Dhamal: 1) A folk dance of Punjab. 2) A folk dance of Andhra Pradesh
  • Gair: This is a dance of Rajasthan. It is performed by groups of dancers moving in and out with an almost military precision.
  • Garba: This is a folk dance from Gujarat. It is traditionally danced at marriages and during the time of Navaratri.• Gatka: A folk dance utilising swords, daggers, or sticks performed in the Punjab
  • Ghoomar: This is a folk dance of Rajasthan. It derives its name from its characteristic pirouettes.
  • Gobbi: A folk dance of Andhra Pradesh.
  • Karagam: This is a folk dance of Tamil Nadu. It is played with a pot balanced on the head.
  • Raas: This is a folk dance from Gujarat. It is traditionally danced at marriages and during the time of Navaratri.
  • Yaksha Gana: This is a folk theatre from the south Indian state of Karnataka
  • Dumhal: A folk dance of Kashmir.
  • Padayani: Padayani is one of the most colourful and popular dances of Southern Kerala. Padayani is associated with the festival of certain temples, called Padayani or Padden.
  • DolluKunitha: DolluKunitha is a popular drum dance of Karnataka state.
  • Lavani:Lavani is a folk dance of Maharashtra.
  • Kathak:Kathak is a dance form basically from Uttar Pradesh.
  • Bharatnatyam: It is the purest form of dancing in India, originated in Tamil Nadu. These three concepts come into play in Bharatanatyam dance; bhava, thala and raga.
  • Kuchipudi: It is a form of classical and folk dance that originated in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Kathakali: Classical dance of kerela.
  • Odissi: Folk dance performed in Orissa.
  • Chau: A popular dance performed in Orissa, bihar and west Bengal
  • Kalbelia, chari, fire, kacchi: Popular dance forms in Rajasthan.
  • Dindi dance: performed in Maharashtra.
  • Bhangra: This is a folk dance from the Northwest Indian state of Punjab. It is a lively, powerful dance.

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