15 Most Famous Traditional Folk Dances of Indian States

by Shatika, July 10, 2015

Diverse culture of India has the treasure of a variety of folk and tribal dances in regions across the country. Apart from 8 Indian classical dances, these Indian folk dances are practiced in the rural areas and performed during the religious or seasonal festivals. Some of the most popular folk dances performed across the Indian villages and cities are Bhangra, Rouff, Garba, Kalbelia, Lavani, Chhau, Bihu and RautNacha.

Rouff – Jammu and Kashmir : 


The traditional folk dance from the beautiful Kashmir Valley region of Jammu and Kashmir. Dumhal is another folk dance of Jammu and Kashmir, performed on set occasions and at set locations.

Bhangra – Punjab :


The folk dance of from the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent, mostly performed during the harvest festival of Baisakhi. Bhangra and Giddha are two most famous folk dance of Punjab, practice and perform out of India as well.

RasLeela – Uttar Pradesh :


The Rasalila 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.

Garba – Gujarat :


The traditional garba dance from Gujarat state, performed around the statue of the Goddess Shakti during the festival of Navratri. Garba and Dandiya Raas are two most famous dance form in India as well in the world.

Ghoomar – Rajasthan : ghoomar

The traditional folk dance from the royal Rajasthan, performed by women’s of the Bhil tribes along with other Rajasthani communities. Ghoomar in among the list of world’s top 10 most amazing local dances from India.

Bihu – Assam : 


The folk dance from the state of Assam, performed during the festival of Bihu, one of the three cultural festivals of Assam. Bihu dance is a group dance performed with traditional Bihu music.

Lavani – Maharashtra : 


A combination of traditional song and folk dance performed to the beats of Dholki in the state of Maharashtra. Lavani folk dance is also popular in other states of Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

RautNacha – Chhattisgarh : 


The art and folk dance forms of Chhattisgarh, performed by yadava and an essential part of the tribes of Chhattisgarh. RautNacha is tribal dance that represents the traditional folk culture of the tribal region of Chhattisgarh.

Ghumura – Odisha :


Ghumura Folk Dance is a tribal dance, performed with traditional folk music in the tribal state of Odisha. Ghumura Dance form has also represented the nation in various international dance events.

Pulikali – Kerala :


The Folk art Pulikali or Tiger dance is one of the most popular folk dance in Kerala during Onam festival in the Cultural Capital of Thrissur. Pulikali is a colorful recreational folk art from, performed on the occasion of annual harvest festival of Onam.

Karakattam – Tamil Nadu : 


Karakattam is ancient tamil folk dance, performed balancing a pot on the head in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu offers the many folk dance such as ChakkaiAttam, KaliAttam, OttanKoothu and Thappaattam.

Matki Dance – Madhya Pradesh : 


Matki Folk Dance Of Madhya Pradesh is considered as an important dance art from the state, performed usually on wedding occasions. Madhya Pradesh is well known state for its dances, traditions and cultures.

DolluKunitha – Karnataka : 


DolluKunitha is a major form of folk dance from the state of Karnataka, The main dances of Karnataka include several variations of folk dances as well as some of the most important forms classical dances.

Veeranatyam – Andhra Pradesh : 


Veeranatyam is an ancient form of dance from the state of Andhra Pradesh associated with religious significance. Other folk dances of Andhra Pradesh such as Kolatam,VilasiniNatyam and Lambadi.

Chhau – West Bengal :


Chhau Dance is one of the most important and famous folk dance of West Bengal, originated from Purulia district and performed during harvesting festivals. The Indian tribal martial dance is also popular in the states of Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal

The amazing variety of folk dances depicts the vibrant and varied culture of our country. And this is reflected in the variety of colorful costumes. One interesting thing Shatika stumbled upon is that the main fabric of most of these costumes is sari that is draped around in a unique fashion!

At Shatika, we deal in exclusive handloom sarees from across the country. You may log on to our website www.shatika.co.in to checkout our varied collection.

Reference: http://www.walkthroughindia.com/lifestyle/15-most-famous-traditional-folk-dances-of-indian-states-i/

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