Famous Rajasthani Folk Dances

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Folk dances of Rajasthan are enough to raise brows. They are full of dare and adventure. Incredible India and Rajasthan tour drives the tourists to an extremely fascinating experience. Dancing with the progressing beats in colourful traditional dresses and showing daring acts as juggling with the naked swords and fire are enough to make the onlooker dumbstruck.

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Famous Folk Dances of Rajasthan

Famous Folk Dances of Rajasthan

Folk dances of Rajasthan are peculiar. Ghoomar, Kalbelia, Bhavai, Terah Taali, Gair, Fire Dance, Drum Dance and Kacchi Ghodi symbolize the richness of art and Indian culture.

1Occasion: On Saraswati PoojaPerformer: Bhil

Features of performance:Veiled femalesPirouettingSlow to fast swirling long skirts Twirling Body inclines with the beating of drumsGhoomar2Occasion: Holi Performer: Kalbelia

Features of performance:Females in black lehenga-choliMelodious tunes of pungi, been, dafli, dholak and khanjariTwirls go on faster on music and beats

Kalbelia3

Occasion: Navaratri festivalPerformer: Jat, Bhil, Raigar, Meena, Kumhar

Features of performance:Balancing of five to 11 pitchers or earthen potsPirouettingSwaying Perching feet on the rim of glass/plate/thali

Bhavai4Occasion: FestivalsPerformer: Kamada Tribe

Features of performance:13 manjeeras and metal discs tied on hands, knee and toesRhythm created by beating manjeerasPot balancing on headHolding naked swords in mouthBackground singing and playing music

Terah Taali

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Occasion: Holi and JanamashtamiPerformer: Bhil

Features of performance:Males and Females holding wooden sticksGroup-dance in two circlesEncompassing while beating sticks Clockwise and anti-clockwise sticking on beats

Gair

6Occasion: Marriages and festivalsPerformer: People of Jhalore region

Features of performance:Male performers3 dancers juggling and twirling sticks1 holds a naked sword in mouth5 drummers beating drums1 cymbal player

Drum Dance

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Occasion: FestivalsPerformer: Banjara community

Features of performance:Male dancers juggling with fireBreath-holding fire stuntsSpitting kerosene on fire for fire-effectsSwirling fire rodsWalking on the bed of burning charcoals

Fire Dance

8Occasion: MarriagesCommunity: People of Shekhawati District

Features of performance:Men in kurtas and turbanDummy horse structured in bamboo frameChinking ghungroos that are tied around elbowsQuickly running to-and-fro Rhythm of fluteBeating of drumsMock fighting while narrating tale of Bhanwariya

Kacchi Ghodi

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