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Rajasthan: Dances

02-AUG-2013 13:47

    The Rajasthan dances are so appealing and attractive that they are bound to tempt you to tap along with the dance troops. The dances of Rajasthan are basically folk dances tracing their derivation to rustic society and civilization. What is more fascinating is that keeping active the plentiful dance forms are not the expert dancers but the common rural people of Rajasthan. The dancers committed to the dance forms are, till now, conscientiously following the ancient ethnicity and that's where, the exquisiteness of these dances stands.

     

    Some of the popular dance forms of Rajasthan state are:

     

    THE KACCHI GHODI DANCE

    Free dancing filled with enthusiasm, with dancers gesticulating colourful banners makes the Bam Rasiya of the Braj area extravagant. This dance form is executed at Holi festival. The 'Kacchhi Ghodi' dance is carried out on joyful occasions, by people who dress themselves in colourful apparels, as are their horses. The Kacchi-Ghodi dance or the dummy horse dance is instigated from the regions of Shekhawati.

     

    GHOOMER DANCE

    The Ghoomer dance is fundamentally a community dance performed by women on propitious occasions. Customarily, this dance was executed exclusively by Rajput women on favorable occasions. Only women perform it covered by a veil. The women perform the dance while singing customary songs and act upon circular movements elegantly and delightfully. The dance is associated with the Bhil tribe of Rajasthan.

     

    TERAHTALI DANCE

    It is an enthralling dance form carried out by women while they are sitting. The women carry 'Manjeeras' attached with elongated strings to their elbows, wrists, arms, waists and in their hands. Men accompany them in singing and playing the 'Tandoora'. Women, with adroit and excellent movements, generate a strong pace with the 'Manjeeras'. The Terahtali dance is acted upon as a sort of sacrament to gratify Baba Ramdeo, a local deity of the Rajasthan state.

     

    KALBELIA DANCE

    The Kalbelia dance is energetic and elegant. This antique dance is performed by the women of Kalbelia community. Fascinatingly, women dance on the composition produced by the 'Been', a tool used to allure the snakes. This is a tremendously sumptuous dance form which entirely mesmerizes the spectators. This dance is performed in Pali, Ajmer, Udaipur and Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan.

     

    THE FIRE DANCE

    A genuine fire dance is executed by the ‘Jasnathis' of Churu and Bikaner districts. The supplementary music mounts in cadence as the dance moves, finishing with the artist dancing on intensely shimmering cinders, which is a awe-inspiring and intensely striking view. This is tremendously complicated dance to act upon which is carried out by Banjara people. The Fire dance involves magnificent fire tricks in which the dancers executes the dance by holding fire rods and filling their mouths with the kerosene. 

     

    GAIR DANCE

    The "Gair" dance is the dance form of Mewar. This dance has outer and inner circles of dancers who go about obliquely or in loop. It is convoluted and enthralling. Even in Jodhpur this dance is performed. The sticks are frequently used by male dancers.

     

    DRUM DANCE

    This is a proficient dance-form from Jalore district of Rajasthan. 5 men with enormous drums around their neck, some with massive cymbals escort a performer who carries bare sword in his jaws and performs energetically by twisting 3 tinted sticks.

     

    CHARI DANCE

    The Chari traditional dance necessitates lots of expertise and endurance as this dance is carried out with lamps in the hand and pots on the head of the dancers. Dancers perform numerous supple and elegant body movements. The Chari dance is acted upon on gay occasions. This dance is mainly performed the the Gujjar community of Kishangarh, Rajasthan.

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