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Rajasthani Puppet Dance Show

Puppetry is an ancient and popular form of folk entertainment. India has a composite and rich heritage in puppetry. Puppetry in considered as the most expressive of all theatrical forms. In India, puppet troupes are found in states like Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka. In Rajasthan, the paper puppets and string puppets are popular. Andhra is famous for Shadow puppets. Puppets have been a versatile means of artistic expression, communication and instruction for 2,000 years. Working the edge between entertainment and education, puppets can both teach and persuade. Their creative potential is just waiting to be used to help communities grow and change.
There are various types of puppetry shows in India. Some are glove puppets, some are rod puppets, some puppetry shows use string and rod puppets and last but not the least is the shadow puppets. Puppetry shows generally depict different episodes from the famous Indian epics of The Ramayana and The Mahabharata. Puppetry is more popular as a rural folk art than it is in urban areas however nowadays puppetry is getting its due recognition in the cities too. Since puppets are characters and not people puppet shows can be used to spread social message on sensitive issues like family planning, and female literacy.

Puppetry in Rajasthan

The puppets in Rajasthan are one of the popular sources of entertainment in the state. The art of puppetry is practiced by a community of agricultural laborers of Rajasthan. Known as the Bhats, these people have been associated with Rajasthani string puppetry to carry forward their traditional occupation. Though they belong, originally, to the Nagaur area in the Marwar region, they travel all through the countryside to exhibit their skills. Also known by the name of the “kathputliwalas”, they usually perform the puppet shows during the late evenings.

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Best Langa Party in Udaipur

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Rajasthan’s Langa DanceLanga literally means ‘song giver’. An accomplished group of poets, singers, and musicians from the Barmer district of Rajasthan, the Langas seem to have converted from Hinduism to Islam in the 17th century. Traditionally, Sufi influences prevented them from using percussion instruments, however, the Langas are versatile players of the Sindhi Sarangi and the Algoza (double flute), which accompany and echo their formidable and magical voices. They perform at events like births, and weddings, exclusively for their patrons (Yajman), who are cattle breeders, farmers, and landowners. The Langa musicians are regarded by their patrons as ‘kings’.

The ‘Sindhi Sarangi’ used by the Langas, is made up of four main wires, with more than twenty vibrating sympathetic strings which help to create its distinctive haunting tones. The bowing of these instruments is a skilful exercise, often supported by the sound of the ‘ghungroos’ or ankle bells that are tied to the bow to make the beat more prominent.

Another remarkable bowed instrument is the ‘kamayacha’ of the manganiars with its big, circular resonator, giving out an impressive deep, booming sound. The music of Rajasthan is driven by pulsating rhythms created by an array of percussion instruments, the most popular of them being the ‘dholak’, a double headed barrel drum, whose repertoire has influenced other Indian drums including the tabla. This recording also features the double flute, ‘satara’, and the hypnotic Jewish harp or ‘morchang’.

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Kathputli Show in Rajasthan

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Rajasthan Kathputli dance is world famous and well known as Puppetry dance. It is the old tradition of stories from mythology and legends are told through puppets in Rajasthan. String puppetry is very much famous in Rajasthan.

The name itself says that this dance is of puppets and is a very popular entertainment in Rajasthan in melas and festivals. This is considered to be a very expressive form of dance of all the theatrical forms.

History
Some have stated that this dancer form is the oldest form of dance and the tribes of Rajasthan have been presenting and performing this dance form since the ancient times and has become an eternal part of the culture of these people. Every fair, gathering and celebration has this dance form displayed. As per the records, some 1500 years ago, the tribal people started using Kathputlis as string marionette and this dance form is made on stories and folk tales. The Bhat community that started this art form claim to have performed in front of the royal and well to do families and have received their share of prestige and honor from Rajasthan. After Ghoomar, this art is the most asked for in Rajasthan and many organisations in Rajasthan are working towards preserving this ancient dance form. There is a Kathputli colony in New Delhi where the many puppeteers, acrobats, magicians and dancer have settled since half a century.

Performance of Kathputli Dance

For this dance form, a small stage is made where the puppeteers display their story through Kathputlis with ballads. Many sound effects and interesting stories are weaved to engage the audience and provide quality entertainment. Their hands make those kathputlis dance on every tune and beat and are performed during any fair or festivals in Rajasthan.

This is considered as a travelling form of dance and tales of love and other emotions are displayed with high pitch sounds and the puppets move and swirl during the course of performance.

Kathputli Dance Elements
Rajasthan is famous for this dance form of Kathputlis and is an age old tradition. Ballads are used to narrate and display the stories. These people travel, from one place to another just to perform this art and get money for their living. Tales of chivalry, love, romance and other emotions are displayed with the help of these puppets.

Different puppets like Rod puppets, gloved puppets and shadowed puppets are used in this form.
Occasions for Kathputli Dance This dance form is very common and famous during weddings, festivals, fairs and other occasions of celebration and happiness.

Kathputli is a string puppet theatre, native to Rajasthan, India, and is the most popular form of Indian puppetry. Being a string marionette, it is controlled by a single string that passes from the top of the puppet over the puppeteers.

Kathputli is a join of two rajasthani language words Kath meaning wood and Putli meaning a doll which has no life . Kathputli means a puppet which is made entirely from wood. However it is made out of wood, cotton cloth and metal wire.

Some scholars believe Kathputli art tradition is more than thousands years old. One finds its reference in Rajasthani folk tales, ballads and sometimes even in folk songs. The tribes of Rajasthan have been performing this art from the ancient times and it has become an eternal part of Rajasthani culture and tradition. No village

fair, no religious festival and no social gathering in Rajasthan can be complete without the Kathputlis. It is believed that somewhere 1500 years ago, tribal Rajasthani Bhat community started the use of Kathputli as string marionette art and it is in their love for tradition that art of Kathputli survived the test of time.

Tradition of Kathputli is based on folk tales and stories. Scholars believe that folk tales convey the lifestyle of ancient Rajasthani tribal people and Kathputli art might have originated from present day Nagaur and surrounding areas. Rajasthani Kings and nobles were patrons of Art and Craft and they encouraged the craftsmen in activities ranging from wood and marble carving to weaving, pottery and painting. Over the last 500 years, Kathputli was a system of patronage supported by kings and well-off families. The patrons would look after the artists in return for the artists singing praises of the patrons’ ancestors. Bhat community claim that their ancestors had performed for royal families, and received great honour and prestige from the rulers of Rajasthan.

Today Kathputli art is one of the most popular performing arts of Rajasthan after Ghoomar. Organisations like Rupayan Sansthan in Jodhpur founded by Vijaydan Detha and Komal Kothari in 1960 and Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, Udaipur, founded by Devilal Samar in 1952, are working in the field preserving and promoting the art of Kathputli, the latter even has a puppet theater as well as puppet museum.Capital New Delhi also has an area known as ‘Kathputli Colony’, in Shadipur Depot, where puppeteers, magicians, acrobats, dancers and musicians and other itinerant performance groups have settled since half a century.

Overview
Characteristic to this form are the shrill voices produced by the lead puppeteer which are spoken through a bamboo reed. The art of Rajasthani puppetry (also called

Kathputli) originated a thousand years ago when the Bhat community began to practice this art. Patronised by many ruling families in the state, it soon grew into a major art form of the region. Due to the invasion of Rajasthan by the Mughals, Kathputli gradually lost its importance. It has been one of the oldest forms of entertainment. Historically, these puppets were not only a source of entertainment, but also provided moral and social education. The shows tackled problems like the dowry system, women’s empowerment, illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, and cleanliness. These puppet shows made people aware of the social problems that everybody was facing and also showed ways of solving them.

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Bhavai Dance in Rajasthan

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Bhavai is one of the traditional folk dances of Rajasthan. This is a very difficult form of dance and can only be performed by skilled artists. This dance basically involves women dancers balancing 8 to 9 pitchers on their heads and dancing simultaneously. This nail biting , suspenseful dance, the well skilled dancers balance a number of earthen pots or brass picthers and then sway with the soles of their feet perched on the top of a glass and also sometime on the edge of a naked sword or on the rim os a brass thali (plate) during the performance.

Bhavai (meaning strolling players) is a popular folk theatre form of Gujarat. Veshas (costume) or Bhavai dance dramas are also known as Swang (vaudeville /melodrama).

Bhavai is as much a form of entertainment as it is a kind of ritual offering made to the goddess Amba. In the courtyard of the Ambaji temple near Mount Abu the Navratri festival is celebrated with a good many Bhavai performances. Amba (mother goddess) is the presiding deity of Bhavai performances. According to scholars, the term Bhavai is composed of two words- Bhava and Aai. Bhava means universe and Aai is mother; together they signify the mother of the universe, Amba.

A salient feature of the Bhavai is subtle social criticism laced with pungent humour. Some of the Bhavai dance-dramas present a scathing review of the caste-ridden social structure. People belonging to divergent social strata, from the king to the pauper are portrayed in Bhavai. Humor plays a vital role in a Bhavai performance, which is evident enough even while dealing with mythological personages..

The language of Bhavai is a blend of Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu, and Marwari.

The musical instruments accompanying Bhavai performances are the pakhwaj (an indigenous drum), jhanjha (cymbals), sarangi (a stringed instrument), and the harmonium.

The music is Hindustani classical , interspersed with local tunes. A characteristic instrument of the Bhavai is the bhungal – a four feet long copper pipe, played during dance sequences and also to indicate the entry of important characters.

Bhavai (Rajasthan)

A folk dance of the same name exists in Gujarat’s neighbouring state of Rajasthan.In Rajasthan, this spectcular dance form consists of veiled women dancers balancing nearly seven or nine brass pitchers as they dance dexterously, pirouetting and swaying with the soles of their feet perched on top of a glass or on the edge of a sword. There is a sense of nail-biting susupense as the perfermance reaches a crescendo.

The culture and the traditions are both alive and being forever experimented in the State of Gujarat. Blend with vibrant colours of yester years to modernity, it still has its roots deeply leading to revival of traditional past.

The Stage in Gujarat is vibrant with its own traditional ‘Bhavai’ – a unique stage art form, performed with ‘Bhava’, meaning expression revealing emotions. It’s real meaning is made up of two words – Bhava and Aai. Bhava means universe and aai is mother, together it means mother of the universe, Amba. Exclusively performed by male members in various costumes and character forms . A long wind brass instrument called ‘Bhungal’ is played during the performance to call performing characters to the scene. Drums, cymbals and Sarangi are other instruments made use of. Bhavai is mostly held in open space. Women are mere audience to the ‘Bhavai’ performance as this folk dance play is strictly performed by males in women’s role too.

Traditionally, most popular theme of ‘Ramleela’ was performed earlier at places in Gujarat based on Ramayana and Mahabharata which was on pre-existing mythological or historical themes that were familiar to the audience of bygone era.Bhavai-Folk Drama dance Garba and Raas hallisaka However, Bhavai has gained popularity with change of time as medium of entertainment. It is a kind of ritual offering made to Goddess Amba. In the courtyard of the Ambaji temple near Mount Abu the Navratri festival is celebrated with Bhavai performances. Amba is the presiding deity of Bhavai.

Bhavai plays in Gujarat, also convey social messages through its play based on Humour form, which reflect on social stigmas i.e. injustice, criticism, caste differences or just about any topic that calls for a concern. The chief of the Bhavai Troupe is the ‘Nayak’ and he remains on the stage directing the course of action

with commentary and intervention alongwith the Jester. The script unfolds through dialogues, songs, speeches in prose and verse with a lot of singing and dancing. The main humour is of ‘Ranglo’ and ‘Ranglee’ which attract the audience.Bhavai evolved into one of Gujarat’s energitic folk music and drama.

Gujarat has a cultural mix as per it’s various regions. As such, Tippani Nritya, Siddi dance, Padhar Nritya, Dangi Nritya and other local tribal dances are major dance forms in celebration.

Sanedo is yet another striking resemblance to Bhavai with topics that can be anything from Romance, Youth or Satire. Sung at Navratri festivals and weddings, it’s origin is from Patan in Gujarat. The dance theme is also adopted in all Gujarat cities and is gaining popularity as it reaches far and wide in Britain and US.

Gujarat is popular for Gujarati drama and films. The stage shows are gaining more popularity among Gujaratis all over the world. Street plays, one act plays etc are being held in Gujarat with ever rising concerns of day to day chores.

Gujarat Rajya Sangeet and Natak Academy promotes the Stage artists with Awards and performances held to commemorate some of the finest artists of Gujarat.

Sanskrit plays were very popular and were staged in ancient times all over India. Gujarat is once again poised for the Sanskrit Plays and set up platforms to strengthen the activities soon.

Bhavai is one of the traditional folk dances of Rajasthan. This is a very difficult form of dance and can only be performed by skilled artists. This dance basically involves women dancers balancing 8 to 9 pitchers on their heads and dancing simultaneously. This nail biting , suspenseful dance, the well skilled dancers balance a number of earthen pots or brass picthers and then sway with the soles of their feet perched on the top of a glass and also sometime on the edge of a naked sword or on the rim os a brass thali (plate) during the performance.

This artistic form of dance is belived to be originated in the neigbouringing state Gujrat and was soon picked up and adapted by the local tribal men and women and gave it a distinctive Rajasthani essence. This traditional folk dance, performed by the womens of the Jat, Bhil, Raigar, Meena, Kumhar, and Kalbelia communities of Rajasthan evolved from the extraordinary quality and capacity of the these communities to carry a number of pots of water on head over a long distance in the desert.

Bhavai dance Elements

The male musician, playing the background music are the accompaniment of this artistic Bhavai dancers. Generally a melodious Rajasthani folk song are being sung by the musicians, adding to beauty of the Bhavai dance. Many instruments like pakhwaja, dholak jhanjhar, sarangi, harmonium are played while the performance of the Bhavai dance as a background music. The dancers are adorned beautifully. They are dressed traditionally in colourful Rajasthani dresses, making the dance more attractive.

Bhavai Dance Celebration

On many occasions Bhavai dance is performed. In festive occasion as well as in marriages also Bhavai dance performance can be seen. The government has taken all necessary measures to revive this fast dying tradition of folk dance. Many non government organizations are also taking active role in the promotion of this folk culture. This artistic folk dance is promoted in different part of India as well as overseas also.

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Rajasthani Chakri Dance in Udaipur

Chakri Dance-

As the name resembles, Chakri, means ‘Chakkar’ (Circle) rotation in hindi lang. Chakri is one of the most popular folk dance of Kanjar tribe. Kanjar tribe inhabited in some parts of Kota and Baran district of Rajasthan.

Chakri Dance is performed in almost all the marriages and festival in the Haroti region of Rajasthan. Chakri dance is performed exclusively by the womenfolk of Kanjar tribe and it is also their main source of livelihood.

Occasions for the Chakri Dance

Being a main source of income for many women across Rajasthan, the Chakri Dance is traditionally performed in almost every auspicious event in the state, be it marriage ceremonies or any pre-wedding celebrations. The performance of this dance adds a fun-filled atmosphere to these joyous events.

As the name resembles, Chakri, means ‘Chakkar’ (Circle) rotation in hindi lang. Chakri is one of the most popular folk dance of Kanjar tribe. Kanjar tribe inhabited in some parts of Kota and Baran district of Rajasthan.Chakri Dance is performed in almost all the marriages and festival in the Haroti region of Rajasthan. Chakri dance is performed exclusively by the womenfolk of Kanjar tribe and it is also their main source of livelihood.

Chakri Dance History and Elements

Chakri dance is believed as same as the Raai dance of ‘Beriyas’ tribe of Madhya Pradesh. It is also found in nerby places of Chhipa Barod etc.Chakri dance involves a series of fast and vigorous spinning movements with the beats of the Dholak. Chakri dance is accompanied by traditional songs where male performer produces robust

rhythm on the Dholak.

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Terah Taal Thirteen Beat Dance

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The Terah Taal dance is a beautiful musical dance in which the dancers place manjeeras (little brass discs) on their waist, legs, hands and forehead, at least thirteen places on their body. This dance is performed as a kind of ritual to please Baba Ramdeo, a local deity of Rajasthan.

Terah Taal Dance in Rajasthan is one of the excellent folk dances of Rajasthan. The beats of Terah Taal Dance in Rajasthan remind us of Rajasthan”s rich cultural heritage and folk traditions. The Terah Taal Dance, Rajasthan generally performed along with Manjeeras and other metallic discs which are made of bronze, brass, copper and zinc.

During the Terah Taal Dance, Rajasthan the music of the Ektara accompanies the dance performance. Manjeeras are tied to thirteen different parts of the parts of the body. The sounds of these Manjeeras produce the Terah Taal or the thirteen beats.Often during the Terah Taal the dances with swords are also performed. The Terah Taal Dance, Rajasthan requires accuracy and precision which can only be done by the professional dancers who participate in this beautiful dance performance. On your tour to Rajasthan, you can get a glimpse of the Terah Taal Dance, Rajasthan and attracts tourists from all over.

Terah thirteen cymbals are used to give rhythm to the intricate movements of the performer and to provide a synchronous pulse to the accompanying musical instruments as well as the devotional singing is a bewitching performance. Nine cymbals are fastened on the right leg, seven between the knee and the ankle, one on the instep, one on the big toe, and each on both the arms, while the performer or sometimes two, sit in front the heroon housing the image of the legendary Ramdeoji along with the accompanists playing on chutara and khartla, singing songs in adoration of the saint.

To begin with, the accompainsts chant in slow rhythm and the performer streching the right leg a little, starts striking the cymbals in hands against those tied up at different places. With the increase in the tempo, the performer stirred into rapid lively movement weaves some intriguing patterns by changing the sequence of the strikes and embellishments in the rhythm. The magnificence of this grandiose spectacle lies in the simultaneity of the swift and elegant rocking motion of the performer- leaning, inclining and swaying back and forth of the torso, while striking tinkling cymbals with great precision, as if in a hypnotic trance.

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Rajasthani Chari Dance Udaipur Rajasthan

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This traditional dance form requires lots of skill and patience as this dance is performed with pots on the head and lamps in the hand of the dancers. In such a state, the dancers perform several flexible and graceful movements of the body. This dance is performed on gay occasions, like marriage or birth of a child.

Most of the folk dances of Rajasthan are very graceful and require great skill and dexterity. However when performed well these dances are a sight to behold and thus have gained immense popularity the world over. Chari or the popular pot dance is one such folk art that is received globally with awe and admiration and represents the grace of Rajasthan’s culture well.

The Rajasthani woman performs the Chari, a sprightly dance even while carrying an earthen urn or brass pot on her head. What is most amazing is that a lighted ‘diya’ or oil lamp is placed in this urn and its glow is visible throughout the period of the dance. The perfect balance and adroitness of these dancers commands reverence and applause when ever the Chari is performed.

This dance is performed on special occasions and on festive days. Graceful movements of the limbs, deft swirls on the knees and the rhythmic pulsating music entrance and enthrall the hearts of the viewers. Chari performers are trained right from childhood and only when the art of balancing the pot is mastered do the performers graduate to dancing with the lamp in the pot.

The womenfolk of the Kisherigarh region of the state of Rajasthan specialize in this dance form and the region has produced the best known Chari performers. Sometimes the oil-rich cottonseed is burnt instead of the diya and is placed in the pot. Years o rigorous practice is needed to acquire this skill and thus the women avoid any risk of getting burnt.

The grace, the music and the sparkling colors of their costumes illuminated by the diya’s soft glow, Chari is indeed a dance of the spirited women devoted o upholding their traditions even in modern days.

Chari Dance of Rajasthan

Chari Dance is very famous dance in Rajasthan India. Gathering water in a chari or a pot is a part of daily life of women of Rajasthan. Chari Dance Dancers dress traditional Rajasthani colourful dresses during Dance. The rajasthani folk music play with dhol, harmonioum, nagada, and dholak during Chari dance. Chari Dance is a very attractive dance of rajasthan. The Chari Dance perform at the time of marriage occasions, on the birth of a male child or any big festival celebration in rajasthan India.The women go many miles to collect water for the families and the joy is reflected through this Chari Dance of rajasthan. Chari Dance of rajasthan is a unique dance.

Chari Dance of Rajasthan is performed by groups of dancers. In chari dance woman hold chari or pots on their head and A lighted lamp is then placed in the pot.During chari dance woman dance with balancing brass pots [chari] on their heads. Women move together and dance on on a same .

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India Famous Ghoomar Dance Services

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Traditionally, out of bound of men, this dance form was performed solely by Rajput women on auspicious occasions. Only the women perform it with their faces covered by a veil. They dance while singing traditional songs and perform circular movements gracefully and charmingly.

Ghoomar is a traditional folk dance of Rajasthan, India and southern Asia. Ghoomar was developed by the Bhil tribe and was then adopted by other Rajasthani communities. It is performed by women in swirling robes, and accompanied by men and women singing together.

This folk dance gets its name from ‘ghoomna’, the pirouetting which displays the spectacular colors of the flowing ‘ghaghara’, the long skirt of the Rajasthani women. There is an amazing grace as the skirts flair slowly while the women twirl in circles, their faces covered with the help of veils. They use measured steps and various graceful inclinations of the body, beating palms or snapping fingers at particular cadences while singing lilting songs. Mostly Goddess Saraswati is worshiped during this dance. This dance is usually done in a circle.

Ghoomar – Famous Social Folk Dance of Rajasthan
Dance is an expression of human emotion as much as music and it is found in almost limitless.
The desert region of Rajasthan is famous for the color and vibrancy of its folk forms. Each region in Rajasthan has its own form of folk dance. Tribal areas have maintained these folk dances which are often performed for special occasions.

Ghoomar – Rajasthan’s Popular Folk Dance
Ghoomar – Popular Rajasthani Folk Dance
Ghoomar – Popular Rajasthani Folk Dance
The famous Ghoomar, Rajasthan’s popular folk dance gets its name from ‘ghoomna’, the pirouetting which displays the spectacular colors of the flowing ‘ghaghara’, the long skirt of the Rajasthani women.

There is an amazing grace as the skirt flair slowly while the women folk twirl in circles, their faces covered with the help of the veil. Their measured steps and various graceful inclinations of body, beating palms or snapping fingers at particular cadences while singing some lilting songs.
Women from all age group participate in Ghoomer dance. At times this dance may continue for hours or the whole night. While dancing, the dancers move in a circular direction with clockwise and anti-clockwise steps. The performers sometimes unite their hands and even clap their hand in-between.
The performers move gracefully on the beat of the songs in synchronizing steps. As the tempo of the dance increases, the dancers swirl fleetly.
Traditional Ritual in Rajasthani People

The Ghoomar dance is the characteristic dance of the Bhils and a community dance of the Rajputs, also which only the women traditionally perform. It is considered as one of the traditional rituals among this community. So, on the occasion of marriage, a bride is expected to dance Ghoomar after being welcomed at her husband’s home.

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Ghoomar is a very simple dance where the dancers move gently and gracefully in circles. They move about clapping and singing, while tempo of the dance is accelerated. The dance continues for hours into the night.

In Haryana, the songs rendered are high-pitched and rich in humor and satire, while in Rajasthan, Ghoomar is performed to the songs of valor and victory.

As one of the traditional rituals, a bride is expected to dance Ghoomar on being welcomed to her husband’s home.
The word ‘Ghoomar’ is derived form ‘Ghoomna’, the graceful gyrating, which displays the spectacular colours of the flowing ‘ghaghra’, the long skirt of the Rajasthani women.

Ghoomar Dance , Rajasthan
Rajasthan’s Ghoomar DanceThe Ghoomar dance is a very famous and a community dance of women in Rajasthan. It is performed on various auspicious occasions like fairs & festivals. It is called as `Ghoomar`, from the `ghoomna` of Ghaghra i.e. the flowing of Ghaghra, a long skirt of the Rajasthani women. There is an amazing grace as the skirt flair slowly while the women folk twirl in circles, their faces covered with the help of the veil. The performers in Ghoomar dance sway their colorful ghagras that are rich in embroidery work and it is also embellished with mirror-work.

The Ghoomar dance is the characteristic dance of the Bhils and a community dance of the Rajputs, also which only the women traditionally perform. It is considered as one of the traditional rituals among this community. So, on the occasion of marriage, a bride is expected to dance Ghoomar after being welcomed at her husband`s home.

The ochre expanse of the Thar Desert of Rajasthan comes alive with the visual relief of its brightly dressed inhabitants; and when its dancers take the center stage, you just cannot stop tapping your feet. The Ghoomar Dance Rajasthan is one of the most popular folk dances in Rajasthan.

Rajasthan’s Ghoomar DanceThe performing arts of Rajasthan are in fact very rich in their traditional background and speak of a race that have passed through stages tribal primitiveness to move on to a valiant feudalism triggered by the rise of the Rajputs as a class of royalty.

Rajasthan has great variety of dances, which are simple rustic expressions of celebration and festivity. The dancers, with their vibrantly colored costumes have make Thar the most colorful desert in the world with each region adding on to the tradition, its own form of dance styles and performers.

The dances of Rajasthan trace religious traditions, royal legends and myths, while some other are performed with the simple idea of celebrating a particular festivity or fair.

The popular Ghoomar Dance in Rajasthan India is the characteristic dance of the Bhil tribe. However, it is largely associated with the royal ladies of Jaipur, who perform it on certain auspicious occasions. The Kachhwaha Clan of Rajputs who ruled Jaipur, defeated the Bhils and later acceded to a peaceful coexistence. It is therefore normal that the royalty would pick up some of the Bhil traditions and practices. The Ghoomar dance is a essentially a women’s dance performed by the women for exclusively ladies’ gatherings. The women performing the Ghoomar Dance Rajasthan dance in circles.

Rajasthan’s Ghoomar Dance They are dressed in the traditional ghaghra and choli with chunaris. They deck up in traditional silver jewelry and glass bangles. The Ghoomar is performed during women’s gatherings like the ritual of haldi during a wedding, or to entertain a queen in her personal quarters, etc.

The Bhils were an indomitable war-like tribal race. Initially they made the highways and roads a dangerous place for Jaipur’s traders and commoners. Whenever the Kachhwahas tried to discipline them, they simply disappeared into the nooks and corners of the Aravallis which have been their home for centuries. Realizing the futility of this exercise, the Kachhwahas sued for peace and exempted the Bhils were from paying tribute which was however, not a very big deal since the Bhils were most unlikely to pay. In any case, after this incident, the Kachhwahas accepted the Bhils as friends of the royalty.

Women from any age group, may it be the young or old can participate in Ghoomar dance. There are simple swaying movements with special kind of footwork, to convey the spirit of any auspicious occasion. Sometimes this dance may continue for hours or the whole night. While dancing, the dancers move in a circular direction with clockwise and anti-clockwise steps. The performers sometimes unite their hands and even clap their hand in-between. The performers move gracefully on the beat of the songs in synchronizing steps. As the tempo of the dance increases, the dancers swirl fleetly.
Ghoomar is a traditional folk dance of Rajasthan, India and southern Asia. which was developed by the Bhil tribe and was adopted by other Rajasthani communities. It is performed by groups of women in swirling robes, and accompanied by men and women singing together.

This folk dance gets its name from ‘ghoomna’, the pirouetting which displays the spectacular colors of the flowing ‘ghaghara’, the long skirt of the Rajasthani women. There is an amazing grace as the skirt flair slowly while the women folk twirl in circles, their faces covered with the help of the veil. Their measured steps and various graceful inclinations of body, beating palms or snapping fingers at particular cadences while singing some lilting songs.

The Ghoomar dance is a very famous and a community dance of women in Rajasthan. It is performed on various auspicious occasions like fairs & festivals. It is called as `Ghoomar`, from the `ghoomna` of Ghaghra i.e. the flowing of Ghaghra, a long skirt of the Rajasthani women. There is an amazing grace as the skirt flair slowly while the women folk twirl in circles, their faces covered with the help of the veil. The performers in Ghoomar dance sway their colorful ghagras that are rich in embroidery work and it is also embellished with mirror-work.

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Kalbelia Dance Udaipur

Kalbelia Dance

This ancient dance form is performed by women of the Kalbelia community who, by profession, are snake charmers and trade in snake venom. This ancient dance form has dance movements similar to the movements of the serpents and hence, even the costumes are black colored. Interestingly, women dance on the music produced by the ‘Been’, an instrument used to charm the snakes. This is an extremely sensuous dance form which completely enthralls the onlookers.

The dancers are required to constantly decrease the tempo of their gyrations and move to the corners to catch their breath while two other dancers would spin around to take their places in the center. The specialty of this dance is that the dancers perform it in a beautiful synchronized rhythm that for a moment the audience feels they are the same dancers that continue throughout the performance.

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