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Folk Dance forms in India

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Folk Dances of India
India is a land of diverse cultures and traditions. Each region of the country has a unique culture, which is also prominently visible in its various art forms. Almost all the regions of the country have their specific folk music and dance, which proves to be a wonderful way of expression of their community and its traditions. Though these folk dances are not as complex as the classical dance forms, they are very beautiful, because of the essence of rawness in them. Be it the Bihu of Assam, Dol-Cholom of Manipur, Hikal of Himachal Pradesh or Chhau of Bihar, each of the Indian folk dance forms comes across as a reflection of the deep sited beliefs and traditions of a particular culture.
Folk dances are performed for every possible occasion, to celebrate the arrival of seasons, birth of a child, a wedding and festivals. The folk dances are extremely simple with minimum of steps or movement. Indian folk dances are full of energy and vitality. Some dances are performed separately by men and women while in some performances men and women dance together. On most occasions, the dancers sing themselves, accompanied by artists with instruments. Each form of folk dance has a specific costume and rhythm. Most of the costumes, worn for folk dances, are colorful with extensive jewels and designs.
Learning Folk dances
Unlike classical dance, one can learn folk dance at any stage of life. They are far simpler, requiring nil contortion of body at odd angles. They are less complex and more social way of expressing one’s emotions. Folk dances are often group performances. They are more towards being a social form of dancing with happiness as the expressed emotion. Tribal folk dances are often performed during marriages and after a good harvest.
The following is a very short and incomplete list of folk and tribal dances.
Bathakamma
A folk dance of Andhra Pradesh.
Bhangra
This is a folk dance from the Northwest Indian state of Punjab.  It is a lively, powerful dance.
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 Karnatika.
Dance classes in India
There are schools and institutes offering dance as an art subject. So, one can obtain B.A Dance (Bharatanatyam) or have an M.A in Kathak. There is also the gurukulam type of class, where dance is pursued separately and not learnt as an academic degree. Both kind of tutelage have the same value and weightage. It is one’s own personal preference. However, to pursue dance as a profession, the former option, (pursuing dance as an academic course) is advisable.
Dance as a Profession
If one wishes to pursue dance as a career, there is always the option of joining a dance group and give touring performances, go as a teacher or start one’s own dance school.












Folk Dances of India

India is a land of diverse cultures and traditions. Each region of the country has a unique culture, which is also prominently visible in its various art forms. Almost all the regions of the country have their specific folk music and dance, which proves to be a wonderful way of expression of their community and its traditions. Though these folk dances are not as complex as the classical dance forms, they are very beautiful, because of the essence of rawness in them. Be it the Bihu of Assam, Dol-Cholom of Manipur, Hikal of Himachal Pradesh or Chhau of Bihar, each of the Indian folk dance forms comes across as a reflection of the deep sited beliefs and traditions of a particular culture.

Folk dances are performed for every possible occasion, to celebrate the arrival of seasons, birth of a child, a wedding and festivals. The folk dances are extremely simple with minimum of steps or movement. Indian folk dances are full of energy and vitality. Some dances are performed separately by men and women while in some performances men and women dance together. On most occasions, the dancers sing themselves, accompanied by artists with instruments. Each form of folk dance has a specific costume and rhythm. Most of the costumes, worn for folk dances, are colorful with extensive jewels and designs.

Learning Folk dances

Unlike classical dance, one can learn folk dance at any stage of life. They are far simpler, requiring nil contortion of body at odd angles. They are less complex and more social way of expressing one’s emotions. Folk dances are often group performances. They are more towards being a social form of dancing with happiness as the expressed emotion. Tribal folk dances are often performed during marriages and after a good harvest.

The following is a very short and incomplete list of folk and tribal dances.

Bathakamma

A folk dance of Andhra Pradesh.

Bhangra

This is a folk dance from the Northwest Indian state of Punjab.  It is a lively, powerful dance.

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 Karnatika.

Dance classes in India

There are schools and institutes offering dance as an art subject. So, one can obtain B.A Dance (Bharatanatyam) or have an M.A in Kathak. There is also the gurukulam type of class, where dance is pursued separately and not learnt as an academic degree. Both kind of tutelage have the same value and weightage. It is one’s own personal preference. However, to pursue dance as a profession, the former option, (pursuing dance as an academic course) is advisable.

Dance as a Profession

If one wishes to pursue dance as a career, there is always the option of joining a dance group and give touring performances, go as a teacher or start one’s own dance school.

 

 

By:ashis | On:08-JUL-2014 11:08:25


please include images of all dance forms


By:vishal sharma | On:24-SEP-2013 17:36:18


i want to know folk dance of india,.,,, and classical dance also,.,., thnks


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