Folk Dances of India

Folk Dances of India

Also ref:- List of Folk Dances of India on Wikipedia

 and Indian Folk Dances for short notes on few of them

Folk Dances of Central India:

• Gaur Dance: Madhya Pradesh

• Muria Dances: Chattisgarh (Har Endanna, Hulki Dance, Karsana Dance)

• Saila Dance: Chattisgarh(Sarguja) and MP(Betul) . A stick dance

• Karma Dance: Gonds & Baigas of Chattisgarh, Oraons of Madhya Pradesh

• Kaksar Dance: Abhujmaris of Bastar

• Pandavani: Chattisgarh

• Lota: Pandvani

Folk Dances of East India:

• Chhau: Bihar

• Brita Dance: West Bengal

• Kali Dance: West Bengal

• Dalkhai: Orissa (Sambalpur). Chaiti Ghora is a dummy horse version of the

Dalkhai dance and is popular in fishing communities.

• Goti Puas: Orissa. The credit of popularizing this dance goes to Ramchandradev,

the Rajaof Khurd (Orissa).

Folk Dances of North East India:

• Bihu: Assam

• Hajgiri: Tripura

• Nongkrem: Meghalaya

• Dhol-Cholom: Manipur

• Sattriya: Assam

Folk Dances of North India:

• Dumhal: Jammu & Kashmir

• Hikat: Himachal Pradesh.

• Natio: Group of dances performed during Kullu Dussehra festival.

• Namagen: Himachal Pradesh. Famous amongt Gaddi tribe.

• Hurka Baul: Uttaranchal. Kumaon region. Performed during cultivation of paddy

and maize. The drum used is called Hurka.

• Jhumeila: Uttaranchal

• Chaufula: Uttaranchal (Garwal)

• Chholiya: Kumaon, Uttaranchal

• Bhangra: Punjab

• Luddi: Punjab

• Gidha: Punjab

• Jhoomer: Punjab

• Dhamyal or Dhup: Haryana

Folk Dances of South India:

• Padayani: Kerala

• Kummi: Tamilnadu

• Kolattam: Andhra Pradesh & Tamilnadu (Also known as Kolannalu or

Kolkolanallu)

Perini: Andhra Pradesh

Thapetta Gullu: Andhra Pradesh

Folk Dances of South West India

• Dollu Kunitha: Karnataka

• Ghode Modni: Goa

• Lava Danceof Minicoy: Lakshadweep

• Tarangmel: Goa

Folk Dances of Western India:

• Dandiya: Rajasthan

• Ghumer Dance, Raika Dance, Jhoria Dance: Rajasthan. Performed by Bhil tribe.

• Gher Dance: Mina tribe of Rajasthan

• Valar Dance: Garasias of Rajasthan

• Tera Tali: Rajasthan (Kamar Tribe)

• Dindi and Kala: Maharashtra (Devotional)

• Garba: Gujarat (Fertility Cult)

• Garbi: A form of Garba where men perform the dance

• Tippani: Saurashtra

• Dhangari Gaja: Dhangars of Maharashtra

• Koli: Koli Tribe of Maharashtra


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