Rajesh Kumar Giri is a lecturer of Applied Mathematics with 18 plus years experience and residing at Bhajanpura East Delhi in India since 1999. Since schooling he has been looking for opportunities to lear...
Folk Dance An Indispensable Part Of Culture
2014-11-21 Life without dance and music cannot be imagined. It is expression of emotions, pleasure and culture.Dances are of different forms, i.e. classical, folk,salsa ballet etc but all aim to entertain and fill dancers with enthusiasm. It helps to relax the mind and soul. Folk dances play the significant role to connect people of similar tradition and culture leaving trivial boundaries.
"Dance is the hidden language of soul" - Martha Graham
Dance is emotional aspect of human pleasure that is commonly performed on occasion like marriages, festivals and harvesting, etc. People of different nationalities, region and culture have different ways to dance. Folk dances and classical dances both have their own significance, but folk dance is popular among majority of people because if its diversity and association with tradition and culture. It reflects the traditional as well as cultural life of the people of a community.
Folk Dance The Cultural Heritage
Folk dance is a form of traditional shindig associated with a particular area, region, community or nation that is common to do on auspicious occasions like marriages and festivals. It is not only entertaining but also rich in culture. Although the cultural heritages are parts of different communities around the globe but due to diverse culture of India; It has a variety of incredible folks and people worldwide like enjoy them.
Ghoomar The Traditional Folk Dance Of Rajasthan
Though India has the treasure of incredible and diversified folks across the country which are in regular practice occasionally, but some of them are amazing and worth enjoying. "Ghoomar" is one of them. It is expression of womanhood in which women in Rajasthan satiate in groups in swirling traditional robes. Actually it is a community based dance.
Wearing and performance - During performance women from Bhil tribes wear colored "Ghanghra" and "Long skirt". They move around with great enthusiasm and passion leaving unforgettable imprint on mind and soul. It is usual during weddings, festive seasons and traditional occasions.
Dandiya Raas The Couples Choice
Dandiya, the simple dance with dress code requires lots of energy and enthusiasm during performance on fast devotional musics. Hence newly married couples prefers it to enjoy. The popular folk dance of Gujarat is famous as "Dandiya Raas". Indian couples across the country love to watch and take part in groups during "Navratri festival".
Unique way of performance - Both men and women wear colorful traditional dresses and carry beautifully designed sticks called "Dandi". Couples strike sticks together or another in the group on every musical beat while dancing. Performers in the group revolve clockwise as well as anti-clockwise direction with rhythm and pace.
Some Amazing And Unique Folk Dances Of Indian States Worth Watching
Though there are lots of custom associated dances in different regions across India, but some of them are very popular, entertaining and worth watching.
States - Folk Dance
Assam - Bihu
Andhra Pradesh - Veeranatyam, Kolattam and lambade
Nagaland - Bamboo Dance
Chattisgarh - Raut Nacha
Odisha - Ghumura
Gujarat - Garba, Dandiya Raas
Punjab - Bhangra, Gidda and Panihari
Jammu & Kashmir - Dumhal and Rauf
Rajasthan - Kathputli Tera Tali and Ghoomar
Kerala - Koodiyattam, Padayuri and Pulikali Tamil Nadu - Karakattam
Karnataka - Dollu kunitha
Uttarpradesh - Ras Leela
Manipur - Dhol cholam and Rai haroba
West Bengal - Chhau
Madhya Pradesh - Matki Dance
Dance To Relax And Enjoy Life
"Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world" - Voltaire
Of course dance is the way to entertain, relax and develop sound relation among the people. It helps to learn the value of tradition and culture. Even strangers do not deny to admire dancing skill and join while invited. It is the only tool that breaks the boundaries of poverty and riches. Language and nationality also, do not prevent to thrill with steps of folk, classical, modern or traditional dances.
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