Folk Dances of Rajasthan

Expositions of stillness of the desert evening and the upsurge of life in the short-lived rainy season or helix are filled with rhythmic dance found in almost limitless variations in Rajasthan. The colourful people of Rajasthan live life to the hilt. After hard work in the remorseless, harsh desert sun and the rocky terrain, they seek a relief from their exhausting work by letting themselves enthrall in gay abandon. Their evocative and soulful music provides the perfect accompaniment to their vigorous and unsophisticated dancing. The Thar Desert of Rajasthan comes animate when its dancers take the center stage. Rajasthan has great variety of dances, which are simple expressions of jollity and festivity. The dancers, the dances and costumes have made Thar the most colorful desert in the world. Each province adding its own form of dance styles and performer. There are a dance that follows a lineage of age old traditions, adhere to sacred consequence, display their daring attitude as well as complimenting various fairs and festivals.

Rajasthan's Ghoomar DanceGhoomar, a community dance for women performed on auspicious occasions. Gair Ghoomar, Raika, Jhoria and Gauri are particularly of Bhil tribe. Gair is performed on Holi but only by the men folk. Chari dance, with pots on the base and a lighted lamp, is popularly performed on marriage occasions or on the birth of a male child. Kalbelia dance is of the kalbelia tribe, the snake charmers. With numerous pots on the head, women surpass the balancing act in the Matka-bhawai. Terah taali, is a ritual for Baba Ramdev, a dance with thirteen manjiras. Other dances are Kachhi-Ghodi, Kathputli (the puppet dance), Fire dance, throb dance and various others pertaining to the particular tribes. Kathhak, a popular dance form being imported from Uttar Pradesh have been rejuvenated by the rajputana courts, with a style and theme of its own. 

Simple, spur-of-the-moment, dancing is seen in their fairs and festival in the 'kudakna' of the 'meena' boys, the dancing, which goes with the 'rasiya' songs of 'Braj┬┐, and the dancing by women and men where the women lug a pot or a lighted lamp on their head. In the 'charkula' dance of 'Braj┬┐, an intricate lampstand replaces the single lamp.

Folk Dances Of Rajasthan


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