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Folk and Tribal dances of India

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Folk dances of India
Name of dance form Country of origin State of origin
1 Bathakamma India Andhra Pradesh
2 Bihu India Assam
3 Bagurumba India Assam
4 Bhangra India Punjab
5

chah Baganar Jumur Nach

India Assam
6 Changu India Orissa & Andhra Pradesh
7 Dankaara India Gujarat
8 Dandaria India Andhra Pradesh
9

Dasakathia

India Orissa
10 Dhamal India Punjab
11 Gair India Rajasthan
12 Garba India Gujarat
13 Gatka India Punjab
14 Greenda India Rajasthan
15 Ghoomer India Rajasthan
16 Ghanta patua India Orissa
17 Giddha India Punjab
18 Gobbi India Andhra Pradesh
19 Jhoomar India Orissa
20 Jhumar India Punjab
21 julli India Punjab
22 Kachhi Ghodi India Andhra Pradesh
23 Kandhei India
24 Kavadi India Tamil Nadu
25 Karagam India Tamil Nadu
26 Kela keluni India Orissa
27 Kikli India Punjab
28 Kushan India Bangladesh or WestBengal
29 Lathi nauch India Bangladesh
30 Luddi India Punjab
31 Mathuri India Andhra Pradesh
32        Raas India Gujarat
33 Saami India Punjab
34 Sakhi naata India Orissa

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Bathakamma

A folk dance of Andhra Pradesh.

Bihu

Bihu is a folk dance from Assam.  It is a very brisk and aggressive dance performed by both boys and girls.

Bagurumba

This is a folk dance from Assam.  It is performed by the Bodos and is known for its colourful attire.

Bhangra

This is a folk dance from the Northwest Indian state of Punjab.  It is a lively, powerful dance.

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Chah Baganar Jumur Nach

This is a Dance from Assam.  It is a dance of the tea gardens.

Changu

The changu dance is a folk dance found in Odissa and Andhra Pradesh.  It derives its name from the changu, which is a simple tambourine  that is used to accompany this dance.

Daankara

The daankara is a stick dance, similar in some ways to the dandiaya raas of gujarat.  However, the daankar is performed in Punjab.

Dandaria

A folk dance of Andhra Pradesh.

Dasakathia

This is a folk theatre of Odissa.  It is performed by a pair of performers who entertain the audience with dance, songs, and stories.

Dhamal

1) A folk dance of Punjab.  2) A folk dance of Andhra Pradesh

Gair

This is a dance of Rajasthan.  It is performed by groups of dancers moving in and out with an almost military precision.

Garba

This is a folk dance from Gujarat.  It is traditionally danced at marriages and during the time of Navaratri.Navratri PHOTOS: Garba nights in Mumbai

Gatka

A folk dance utilising swords, daggers, or sticks performed in the Punjab

Geendad

This is a folk dance of Rajasthan.  It is very similar to the Gair.

Ghoomar

This is a folk dance of Rajasthan.  It derives its name from its characteristic pirouettes.

Ghanta Patua

This is a folk dance of Odissa.  Its name is derived from the large brass gongs known as ghanta.  It is performed in the Hindu month of Chaitra.  This dance is most notable because it is performed on stilts.

Giddha

This is a folk dance of Punjab, generally performed by women.

Gobbi

A folk dance of Andhra Pradesh.

Jhoomar

This is a dance of the Mundas and Mahantas of Odissa.

Jhumar

A slow version of bhangra performed at weddings and other festive events.

Julli

A Folk dance performed in the Punjab that is done sitting down.

Kacchhi Ghodhi

This is a folk dance of Rajasthan that is performed with a dummy horse.

Kavadi

This is a folk dance of Tamil Nadu.  It is played with a wooden pole upon which are tied two pots. The stick is then balanced upon the shoulder.

Karagam

This is a folk dance of Tamil Nadu.  It is played with a pot balanced on the head.

Kela Keluni

This is a dance performed by the Kelas of Odissa.

Kikli

A women’s folk dance of the Punjab

Kushan

This is a folk theatre of Bangladesh and West Bengal

Laathi Nauch

This is a folk dance of NE India and Bangladesh.  This was originally based upon a system of martial arts that uses large sticks.However in some case it has evolved into a game or a dance

Luddi

A very characteristic form of Bhangra.

Mathuri

A folk dance of Andhra Pradesh.

Raas

This is a folk dance from Gujarat.  It is traditionally danced at marriages and during the time of Navaratri.

Saami

A Wemen’s folk dance of the Punjab

Sakhi Nata

This is the puppet dance of Odissa.

(Reference and folk dance information by chandrakantha website of Indian folk dances)

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