Indian Culture - Folk Dances
Continued from our Post Classical Dances in India, in this post we will discuss Folk Dances in India. The Folk Dances of India are spiritual and religious in content but the main force behind the folk dances in India is the celebratory mood. Indian Folk and Tribal Dances are simple and are performed to express joy.
Rouff : Jammu and Kashmir
The traditional folk dance from the beautiful Kashmir Valley region of Jammu and Kashmir.
Bhangra : Punjab
The folk dance from the Punjab region of India, performed during the harvest festival of Baisakhi.
Dhumal : Jammu and Kashmir
Dhumal is another folk dance of Jammu and Kashmir performed on set occasions and set locations.
Ras Leela : Uttar Pradesh
The Ras Leela is most popular folk dance of India, especially during the festivals of Krishna Janmashtami and Holi.
Garba : Gujarat
The traditional Garba Dance from Gujarat state, performed around the statue of the Goddess Shakti during the festival of Navratri. Garba and Dandiya Ras are two most famous dance form in India as well as in the world.
Bihu : Assam
It is performed during the festival of Bihu, one of the three cultural festivals of Assam. Bihu dance is a group dance performed with traditional Bihu Music.
Lavani : Maharashtra
A combination of traditional song and folk dance performed to the beats of Dholki in the state of Maharashtra. Lavani folk dance is also popular in other states of Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Matki Dance : Madhya Pradesh
It performed on wedding occasions in state of Madhya Pradesh.
Chhau : West Bengal
Chhau dance is one of the most important and famous folk dance of West Bengal, is performed during harvesting festivals.