Karnataka: Yakshagana, Bedara Vesha, Dollu Kunitha, Santa, Doddata-Bayalata, Tala Maddle or Prasang. The entire Ramlila is a sequence of plays which continue for varying durations between 7 to 30 days. The main story of the dance is enacted by the smaller group of men and women. So traditionally, women folks surrounding a clay lantern with a lamp inside performed this dance. These are the few top popular folk dances and music forms all over India and the world. It is performed on nine consecutive nights of Navaratri, an autumn festival. Its other name is Paika Nritya the literal meaning of which is dance of war.
Dandiya dance is accompanied by a musical instrument called 'Meddale'. Unlike some of the other, more rhythmic dances, Manipuri is characterized by smooth and graceful movements. In this blog, we explore the different dance forms of India with states. Here are six of the most important classical dance forms of India. Dancers gather at temples or around their deities such as Manikeswari, Lankeswari, and Raktambari , during the festival of Dussehra to perform this dance. This form of dance uses a lot of feet movements on the beats of drums. Saang reflects a lot of religious stories in their performances.
It originated in the state of current country of Kerala in the 17th century and has been developed over the years with improved appearance, smooth movements and sing song plus added more ornate and precise drums. They balance the pot skillfully by dancing and making different patterns around the floor with ease. It is performed with a sword and often linked with marital traditions of the people in Kumani region. Performers dance with the help of sticks in hands. There are Rasa Dances that revolve around the early life of Krishna.
The atmosphere is lively and one is swept away by the nuances and rhythm of this land. Karnataka — DolluKunitha One of the major dance form from the South India is DolluKunitha. It is very popular as the lower caste people have access to it. Saila is a unique dance in which the dancers use sticks for rhythmic purpose. While the inner circle receives a strike on their sticks, the dancers forming the outer circle deliver the strike. Kalbelia is such a beautiful dance form women in variant colorful clothes forming curly and round line segments resembling a snake. Dance can never be complete with that perfect attire and each of these dance form has unique attire which talk about the the culture and traditions even more clearly.
Does this ring a bell? Men are involved in the act by singing and playing musical instruments. Carnatic music and vocalists accompany this dance of Indian culture. The tea tribes of Assam also has a dance form which is called Jhumur. Diverse culture of India has the treasure of a variety of folk and tribal dances in regions across the country. One can only try, and still barely manage to do Indian folk dance any justice! Ras Leela — Uttar Pradesh The Rasa lila is most popular form of folk dance of India, especially during the festivals of Krishna Janmashtami and Holi in the regions of Mathura and Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh. Kuchipudi is the name of a village in the Divi Taluka District Krishna bordering the Bay of Bengal and with resident Brahmins practice this form of traditional dance, which acquired its present name. The women performing the Rauf wear colourful attire and stand in either single or double row.
Among these Theyyam, Thiruvathirakali, Chakyar Koothu Koodiyattam, and Ottamthullal are some of the prominent dances of Kerala. The rhythms alternate between fast and slow, and the men perform some really quick and intricately woven dance moves. This dance form is highly rhythmic. It is a delightful combination of four elements i. The dances in Uttar Pradesh range from simple performances to ceremonious ones.
Gair Gair is another famous folk dance form by the Bhil community and this dance performance mostly taken place during the festivals like Holi and Janmashtami. The dance was formed when drumming was forbidden by the authorities, and hence the boots were used as the alternative. It is full of enthusiasm and energy. Kathakali is a perfect combination of dance, drama, music and religious theme. It is danced to celebrate a victory.
Diversities in all spheres make the Indian culture quite unique. Dhumal dance of Kashmir being performed at 8th Delhi International Arts Festival. The dancers balance earthen or brass pots on their head and to make things that much more interesting, the pots are set on fire. Bihu is celebrated at the beginning of the harvest season and goes on for nearly 30 days. The dance involves simple footwork, and is performed to a pleasant poetic song called the Chakri. It is the oldest surviving form of Indian dance based on archaeological evidence.
It originates from Manipur, a state in northeast India bordering Myanmar also known as Burma. Bhangra — Punjab The folk dance of from the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent,mostly performed during the harvest festival of Baisakhi. They sing, clap and perform a simple dance by forming a circle in order to praise Goddess Amba. Padayani is not only popular but is also pleasing to the eyes as colors form an important aspect of the dance. The kind of character represents the facial makeup of dancers, like green color makeup is used for kings, heroes, and divinities; while black color is used for evil. One of the most popular dance form which is performed mostly on weddings is Matki Folk dance.
The accompanying music in Bharatnatyam is classical Carnatic. Pulikali is performed during the festival of Onam. Today is one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles and is practiced by many dancers from around the world. In this dance, the Kolin or fisherwomen express their interest towards the Kolis or fishermen. All these Khyal performances invoke tales of bravery, sentiments, romance from the Puranas and portray them in an interesting manner.