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☹Indian Folk Dances☹

In this section of folk dances of India,we are highlighting various Indian folk dances, Indian folk

South India
Padayani is one of the most colorful and popular dances of Southern Kerala. Padayani is associated with the festival of certain temples, called Padayani or Paddeni. Such temples are in Alleppey, Quilon, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts. The main Kolams (huge masks) displayed in Padayani are Bhairavi (Kali), Kalan (god of death), Yakshi (fairy) and Pakshi (bird).
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West India
Dandiya is a popular folk dance of Rajasthan. Dressed in colorful costumes the performers play skillfully with big sticks in their hands. Dandiya dance is accompanied by the musical instrument called the 'Meddale' played by the drummer in the centre. The Bhil tribal of Rajasthan perform a variety of dances. All thesefolk dances correspond to the agricultural cycle. The Ghumer dance,Raika and Jhoria are some examples of this type of dance. The Gher danceis a favorite and popular dance of the Mina tribe who are similar to theBhils while Valar is typical dance of the Garasias of Rajasthan.
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North India
Dumhal is a popular dance of Kashmir. This dance is performed with long colorful robes, tall conical caps (studded with beads and shells). Dumhal dance is accompanied by songs which the performers themselves sing. It is supported by drums. There is an interesting tradition associated withDumhal dance where the performersof this dance place a banner into the ground at a fixed location and they begin to men dance around this banner.
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East India
Chhau is a popular folk dance of Bihar. Since masks form an important feature of this dance it is called 'Chhau', which means mask. All the Chhau performers hold swords and shields while performing. The stages are decorated and brightly lit by torches,lanterns and flickering oil lamps. Themusical instruments used are the Dhol (a cylindrical drum), Nagara (a huge drum) and Shehnai (reed pipes). The Chhau dance is performed by men and boys. Chhau dance is full of energy and strength. It is interesting to note that the entire body of the dancer is engagedas a single unit. This body language of the dancer has to be poetic and powerful.
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South West India
Dollu Kunitha is a popular drum dance of Karnataka state. In the Dollu Kanitha dance, large drums areadorned with colored clothes and hang around the necks of men. The songs used in this dance usually havereligious and battle fervor. The main emphasis is on quick and light movement of the feet and legs. The Dollu Kunitha dance forms a part of the ritualistic dances of the Dodavas
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Central India
Gaur dance is a popular folk dance of Madhya Pradesh dances. Gaur dance is popular in the Sing Marias or Tallaguda Marias of South Bastar. Men put head-dresses with stringed 'cowries' and plumes of peacock feathers and make their way to the dancing ground. Women ornamented with brass fillets and bead necklaces with their tattooed bodies also join the gathering. The men beat the drums, tossing the horns and feathers of their head-gears to the rising tempo that gives the dance a wilder touch
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