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Folk Dance In India
Folk dances of India are traditional dances, mainly practiced by village and tribal folks throughout the country the dancers expressing their joy and ecstasy, which go with meaningful songs of particular lyrics, relating to the event they are played, such as wedding, birth of a child in the family, apart from festivals which are unique to every community and season.
Although no particular skill or talent is required to participate in these dances, some of them played only by women with sticks in their hands and making noise from them, many of the folk dances are performed by both men and women, while quite a number of folk songs are mixed with the work activity they are involved people singing as they work along.
Most of the folk dances are vibrant and energy generating, the dancer getting into such moods that both the dancer and the audience get invigorated with lot of enthusiasm and spirit, these dances are performed with special colourful attire and special kind of music played along with it.
A number of ancient folk and tribal dances do entertain a large section of urban society, to enjoy them besides researching them to understand ancient culture and tradition of the country, many of the folk dances being constantly improved by talented artists of the country who have the skill, imagination and creative talents.
Each region of the country has its treasure of wonderful folk dances, still practiced in rural and urban sector locations, few of them being
- Bardo Chham dance depicting the Victory of good over evil in Arunachal Pradesh
- Bihu dance to celebrate the festival Bihu, Jumar Nach of Tea garden workers, Bagurumba of Boda community and Ali Ai Ligang of Mishing Community, all from Assam
- Karma dance of Jharkhand performed while planting trees, to bring fortune and good luck
- Panthi and Raut Nacha dances in Chhattisgarh which bear religious tones praising Lord Krishna
- Tarangamel dance,which is colourfully perfomed during the festivals of Dussehra and Holi
- Garba, Padhar, Raas and Tippani dances of Gujarat , performed throughout the State, some in tribal areas and some in Sourashtra area.
- Kinnarui Nati and Namgen dances in Himachal Pradesh, danced during seasons.
- Yakshagana and Bayalta dances, in Karnataka telling puranic stories with music while dancing
- Dumhal dance of Kashmir practiced by a specific tribal community
- Tertali, Charkula and few other dance varieties, most of them ritualistic primarily in Madhya Pradesh region
- Pavri Nach dance performed along with a wind instrument in Maharashtra
- Thang Ta, the famous Art of the Sword and Spear dance in Manipur
- Cheraw dance , four people with bamboo sticks performing the dance, in Mizoram
- Ghumura Dance of Orissa, which is world famous, apart from variety of dance form of Odishi origin which are outstanding among folk dance arena
- Ever entertaining Bhangra dance of Punjab, universally well known
- Goomer, Kalbelia and Bhavai dances of Rajasthan
- Singhi Cham, the masked dance of Sikkim
- Kummi, Kolattam, Karakattam and Mayilattam folk dances of Tamilnadu
- Gambhira, Kalikapatadi, Nachi, Alkap and Domni dances of Paschim Bengal
This way the country has one folk dance variety or the other in every part of it, which are entertaining, motivational and meaningful.
Burra Katha | Kuchipudi | Veedhi Natakam | Bathakamma Dance | Dhamal Dance | Gobbi Dance | Kollattam Dance | Mathuri Dance | Dandaria Dance | Changu Dance | Thapetta Gullu Dance | Ghanta Mardala Dance | Andhra Natyam | Vilasini Nrityam
Wancho Dance | Ponung Dance | Khampti Dance | Aji Lamu (Monpa Tribe) Dance | Bardo Chham Dance | Chalo (Nocte Tribe) Dance | Hiirii Khaniing (Apatani Tribe) Dance | Lion and Peacock Dance (Monpa) | Ponung (Adi Tribe) | Popir (Adi Tribe) | Idu Mishmi Ritual Dance | Digaru Mishmi Buiya Dance | Sadinuktso | Ka Fifai Dance-Drama
Ghumura Dance | Dalkhai | Changu Dance | Baagh Naach or Tiger Dance | Goti Pua Dance | Nachni Dance | Odissi Dance | Ruk Mar Nacha (& Chhau Dance) | Dhap Dance | Karma Naach | Dasakathia Dance | Jhoomar Dance | Chadya Dandanata Dance | Ghanta Patua Dance | Ghumara Sanchar Dance | Kandhei Dance | KelaKeluni Dance | Sakhi Nata Dance
Kummi | Kolattam | Devarattam | Kamandi or Kaman Pandigai Dance | Karagattam or Karagam Dance | Mayil Attam or Peacock Dance | Paampu Attam or Snake Dance | Oyilattam Dance | Puliyattam Dance | Poikal Kudirai Attam | Theru Koothu Dance | Kavadi Attam Dance | Bharat Natyam | Pinnal Kolattam