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Rajasthan Dance

The dances are important part of the cultural life of Rajasthan.

The dances are performed at the fairs and festivals and at some family and social functions. The costumes of the Rajasthan folk dances are colorful and attractive. Tourists while visiting Rajasthan during the festival time get the opportunity to explore the colorful dances of the state.

The main dances are discussed in brief:

Ghoomar Dance: One of the most popular dances of the state, Ghoomar Dance is mainly performed by women on an auspicious occasion. Women wear colorful Ghagra to perform this dance.

Bhavai Dance: Only skilled and well trained performers can perform this dance. The women balance 8 to 9 brass pitchers on their head which seems tough. This dance form looks very impressive. The rhythmic balance of the pitchers seems stunning.

Gair Dance: Gair Dance is a dance of both men and women, this dance is performed during the Holi festival. The beating of the sticks is the main attraction of the dance. This is mainly a tribal dance.

Chari Dance: This is a dance of women and performed when they go in search of water. The women balance pitchers on their head rhythmically. In the top most of the pot, a flame is produced from the cotton seed.

Drum Dance: Putting a naked sword in his mouth, the dancer also juggles with other three swords. The other members of the dance tie a drum around their neck and beat it. This dance symbolizes the perfection of martial arts.

Kachhi Ghodi: Kachhi Ghodi is performed to entertain the bridegroom’s party. The costume of the dance looks like a riding horse. The performers perform mock fight in this dance.

Sapera Dance: Kalbeliya snake charmer’s community performs this Sapera dance. A long black dress embellished with silver ribbon is worn by the performers.

Kathputli Dance: Kathputli Dance is puppet dance in which puppet perform the dance. The puppets are decorated and made into human forms and other figures according to the story.

Kathak Dance: The origin of this dance form is as gharana in the courts of Jaipur. Now this is not only a dance form of Rajasthan it is also a popular dance in Lucknow, UP and in other places.

Fire Dance: Fire dance is performed during winter nights. In the beds of red burning coal this dance is performed. Music accompanies this dance.

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