Exuberant Dance forms of Rajasthan
Today is International Dance Day! On this day all the recognized dances of the world are celebrated and dancing communities are honored internationally. So as to celebrate the spirit of this wonderful day, we are sharing with you the information on exuberant dance forms of Rajasthan.
Rajasthan is a colorful state and full of life. Here you’ll find music and dance for all the occasions. Rajasthan has many forms of folk dances which are attractive, skillfull and somewhat enjoyable by any age group. Rajasthani folk dances are popular all around the globe. Some of the Rajasthan’s traditional dance forms are very much different as only skilled persons can do it.
Among all Rajasthani folk dances, Ghoomar, Kathputli (Puppet) and kalbelia (Sapera or Snake Charmer) dance attracts tourists very much. Rajasthani folk dances are originated from different tribes and mainly used at past time to entertain Kings.
This dance basically involves women dancers balancing 8 to 9 pitchers on their heads and dancing simultaneously. This nail biting , suspenseful dance involves a well skilled dancer balancing a number of earthen pots or brass pitchers and then sway with the soles of their feet perched on the top of a glass and also sometime on the edge of a naked sword or on the rim of a brass plate during the performance.
As the name resembles, Chakri, means ‘Chakkar’ (Circle) rotation in hindi lang. Chakri is one of the most popular folk dance of Kanjar tribe. Chakri Dance is performed exclusively by the womenfolk of Kanjar tribe in almost all the marriages and festival in the Haroti region of Rajasthan. The dance is also the main source of their livelihood.
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Gair is a very popular Rajathani folk dance. This traditional folk dance is one of the many dance- forms of the Bhil community of Rajasthan. This is the one of the few performances where both men and women dance together. Festive occasions like Holi, Janmastami seems incomplete without the performance of Gair dance.
Gawari dance of Rajasthan is a tribal dance of the famous Bhil tribe. This is mainly a tribal dance drama and is beautifully expressed by its troupe having many different characters.
Ghoomar is a traditional as well as an enthusiastic folk dance of Rajasthan. Ghoomar dance is perform on the occasion of festive days and considered as one of the traditional rituals on the occasion of marriage, a bride is expected to dance Ghoomar after being welcomed at her husband`s home.
The Kachhi Ghodi Dance is one of the most popular Folk Dances of Rajasthan. This folk dance originated from the bandit regions of Shekhawati and is generally performed for the entertainment of the bridegroom’s party.
Kalbelia dance is a folk dance of Rajasthan state of India. It is well known by other names like ‘Sapera Dance’ or ‘Snake Charmer Dance’. Kalbelia dance is particularly performed by a Rajasthani tribe called ‘Kalbelia’. The popularity of this dance is so much worldwide that Rajasthan’s Kalbelia dance and songs are now in UNESCO’s representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity from the year 2010. In Kalbelia dance, males play various traditional instruments and females perform dance. Kalbelia dance is one of the most sensuous dances among all Rajasthani dances.
Rajasthan Kathputli dance is world famous and well known as Puppetry dance. It is the old tradition of stories from mythology and legends are told through puppets in Rajasthan. String puppetry is very much famous in Rajasthan.
Terah Taali is one of the folk dances of the princely state, Rajasthan. This folk dance is performed by the Kamada tribes who are traditional snake charmers. Terah Taali Dance is generally performed by well skilled artists. Thirteen manjeeras ( little brass disc) are tied to various parts of their body, which they strike with the ones they hold in their hand. This creates a rhythm on which the dancers move. The dancers perform various arabesques with their hands and the same time may also also balance pots on their hands and hold a sword in their mouth, for making the performance more attractive. Their balancing act spellbinds the viewers. When the tempo of the music increases its a beauty to watch Terah Taali Dance. In festive occasion, sometime in marriages also Terah Taali dance performance can be seen.
Enjoy the exuberant dance performances of Rajasthan on your next trip in the state.
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