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September 26, 2020
Traditional Dance

Ancient Popular Dances


Bhangra is a lively form of folk music and dance that originates from Punjab. People traditionally performed Bhangra when celebrating the harvest. Traditional Bhangra is a fusion of music, singing and the beat of the dhol drum, a single stringed instrument called the iktar (ektara), the tumbi and the chimta.


Bharatanatyam is a classical dance form of South India, said to be originated in Thanjavoor of Tamil Nadu. The name ‘Bharatanatyam’ is derived from three basic concepts of Bhava, Raga and Taala.


Kuchipudi is the classical dance form from the South-East Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is known for its graceful movements and its strong narrative and dramatic character. It presents scenes from Hindu Epics and mythological tales through dance dramas combining music, dance and acting.


Dandiya is the most important dance of Navratri evenings in Gujarat. An idolization of nari-shakti, the dandiya epitomizes the victory of good over evil. It is very simple dance and is performed by a group who move in circles to measure steps, marking time by sticks called dandia. The sticks of the dance represent the sword of Durga.


Kathakali is a form of Indian dance drama. It originated in the Southern Indian state of Kerala during the late 16th century. The literal meaning of Kathakali is ‘story dance’. It is believed that Kathakali originated from Krishnanaattam and Ramanattom. Subsequently, Kottayam Thampuran


Bihu is the National Festival of Assam. There are three Bihu festivals in Assam and they are celebrated in the months of Bohaag (the middle of April), Maagh (the middle of January), and Kaati (the middle of October).


Chau dance is form of tribal martial dance attributed to origins in Mayurbhanj and seen in the Indian states of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa. It is a very unique style of dance, in which the dancers wear masks while dancing.


Garba is a popular dance form of Gujarat. It is a circular form of dance performed by women on the Navaratri, Sharad Purnima, Vasant Panchami, Holi and similar other festivals.


Ghoomar is a traditional women’s folk dance of Rajasthan, India, which was developed by the Bhil tribe and was adopted by the Rajputs. It is performed by groups of women in swirling robes, and accompanied by men and women singing together.


Mohini attam or Mohiniyattam is a traditional dance from South India, specifically from the state of Kerala in India. The dance is characterised by being a solo recital by women dancers.


Manipuri dance is one of the major Indian classical dance forms. It originates from Manipur, a state in north-eastern India on the border with Myanmar.


Odissi dance is the typical classical dance form of Orissa and has its origin in the temples. Odissi dance deals largely with the love theme of Radha and Krishna.


The Gidda is a popular folk dance of the women in Punjab and is a way to exhibit teasing, fun, exuberance of the life in Punjab. This dance is equally energetic to the Bhangra and at the same time, shows the grace and femininity with elegance and elasticity. beat for the dance.


Tamasha is a form of theatre, which came into existence in the early 16th century in Maharashtra, which includes the love songs i.e. `Lavanis` due to which, this folk art, was very popular among the common people.


Kathak is an important classical dance form of India, and an increasingly popular theatre art form of the world. The word Kathak is derived from katha, meaning “storytelling.” It’s a dance form which tells a story. Originally, this community of artists known as ‘Kathakars’ narrated stories in temples of North India.

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