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Folk Dances of Rajasthan


The fascinating folk dances of Rajasthan reflect into culture, geography, customs and nature of the people of Rajasthan in a colorful manner with a unique royal style.
Each districts and regions of Rajasthan have their own unique forms of folk dances. The dances are vibrant and versatile with graceful body movements. The  myriad hues of colors, transform the barren land into a happy zone, with the colorful costumes, combining the lively folk music.

     


Bhavai is one of the most brave dance forms of Rajasthan. It is amazing to watch women dancers accomplishing the balancing act whilst their feet are settled on the edge of a sword or glass top !!
Chari is a dance form with effortless hand and foot movements while balancing brass pots placed on the heads of the dancers.
Gair is performed, both by men and women. Here the dancers move first in clockwise and then in anti-clockwise directions beating their sticks to create the rhythm when they turn.  This form has two versions; one is Dandi Gair of Marwar region and the other is Geendad of Shekhawati region.
Ghoomar is a community dance of Rajputs but very popular in all–over Rajasthan region ! According to traditional rituals, a bride is expected to welcome her husband while showing her grace and love through this dance form.
Kachhi Ghodi is performed for the entertainment of bridegroom’s party. Dancers adorn the elaborate costumes giving the effect as if riding on a dummy horse! It originated in Shekhawati region.
Kaalbeliya is one of the sensuous dance forms performed with great flexibility and pace by the snake charmers community. The dancers get attired in long black skirts decorated with silver ribbons.
Terahtaali is named so, because thirteen cymbals are tied to various parts of dancer’s body which they strike with their graceful hand movements. It is a devotional dance form of Kamad community honoring their folk hero.