The Jaunsari Harul dance from Uttarakhand during Shilpgram Festival, Udaipur.

The Jaunsari Harul dance from Uttarakhand during Shilpgram Festival 2009

Uttarakhand is a part of the Western Himalayan ranges starting from the Shivalik foothills to Greater Himalayas. Even the culture of the inhabitants of Uttarakhand is kept alive by their folk dances. The folk & tribal communities in Uttarakhand perform many seasonal dances. Some of such dances are Jhumeila, the Chaufula of Garhwal region and the Hurka Baul from Kumaon....

Thappattam Folk Dance of Tamilnadu during Shilpgram Festival, Udaipur.

Thappattam Folk Dance of Tamilnadu during Shilpgram Festival 2009

Thapattam is a Folk Dance of Tamil Nadu which has been known as Paraiattam in ancient Sangam Literatures. Parai is an instrument which is used for the declaration and the proclamation of Ancient Tamil King's message and Orders to the Public. During Bhakti cult both the Saivite and Vaishnavite Saints have referred Parai as one of the ritual instruments in the worshipping patterns through penances. Sri Andal, the counter part of Meera in Tamil Nadu mentions this instruments, Parai in so many stanzas of her work Thirupavai. ...

Ghode Modni dance of Goa during Shilpgram Festival, Udaipur.

Ghode Modni dance of Goa during Shilpgram Festival 2009

Ghode Modni dance literally involves horse-like movements in its performances. It is a spectacular warrior-dance performed for the remembrance of the victory of the Ranes, the Maratha rulers of the Satari taluka in Goa, over the Portuguese. This dance is more popular in Bicholim, Pernem and Satari talukas, which was once ruled by the Marathas. It is also performed during the time of Shigmo festival in Goa. For the performance, the kshatriya dancers wear huge head gears made up of colourful flowers. Even the wooden horses are beautifully bridled and decorated with spotless white clothes and there are tied ghungurs on the anklets. The performance begins with the simple steps of the dance....

Khuallam Dance of Mizoram during Shilpgram Festival, Udaipur.

Khuallam Dance of Mizoram during Shilpgram Festival 2009

Khuallam Litterally means Dance of the guest, it is usually performed in the Khuangchawi ceremony, The final rite at the public feast in order to attain the coveted tittle Thangchhvah. To ascertain a place in paradise, One has to prove ones mettle in war, Hunting or by being a man of distinction in society. This comes through the Khuangchawi ceremony. The guest enter the arena of the Khuangchawi dancing khullam. The dancers wear Puangum a traditional Mizo dress with black, Red, Yellow and green strips and dance to the accompaniment of a set of gongs knowan as Darbu...

Langa Mangniyars of Rajasthan during Shilpgram Festival, Udaipur.

Langa Mangniyars of Rajasthan during Shilpgram Festival 2009

The Langas and Mangniyars are folk singers of wetern Rajasthan, mainly hail from the districts of Jaiselmer and Barmer, who remember thousands of songs which are sung on various occasions like marriages, child birth, festivals etc. In the houses of their patrons. Though Muslims by birth, they are closely linked since generations to both Muslim and Hindu families of their patrons called Jajmaans. Most of their songs are in devotion of Hindu gods, which are passed on to them from generation to generation by oral traditions Whatever be the occasion, a t the house of Jajmaans, the Mangniyars and Langas are there with the appropriate songs and music...

Khamma-Khamma-Re-Mara-Runiji Rajasthani Folk Dance during Shilpgram Festival, Udaipur.

Khamma-Khamma-Re-Mara-Runiji Rajasthani Folk Dance during Shilpgram Festival 2009

Khamma Khamma Re-Mara-Runiji is a traditional Rajasthani Bhajan of Baba Ramdev. (Euneja) Jaisalmer Rajasthan....

Veeranatyam Dance of Andhra Pradesh during Shilpgram Festival, Udaipur.

Veeranatyam Dance of Andhra Pradesh during Shilpgram Festival 2009

Veeranatyam refers to the dance of Lord Shiva that was performed when the Lord got enraged with Sati's death and humiliation. Veeranatyam is also known as the Dance of Destruction. This dance is still practiced by people of Veeramusti community, who claim to be descendants of Veerabhadra...

Sambalpuri Dance of Orissa during Shilpgram Festival, Udaipur.

Sambalpuri Dance of Orissa during Shilpgram Festival 2009

The Sambalpuri dance has a number of forms, with different lyrics and rhythms, that have originated from different castes/tribes and ethnic groups in the area and are based on different religious festivals/rituals and deities.In Orissa, Sambalpuri dance is so popular that it comes next only to the States classical dance, Odissi...

Bagurumba Dance of Assam during Shilpgram Festival, Udaipur.

Bagurumba Dance of Assam during Shilpgram Festival 2009

Bagurumba Dance of Assam is among the best and the most attractive dance in Assam.

A group of girls dressed in most colourful dokhna, jwmgra and aronai costumes usually perform this dance with the accompaniment of traditional musical instruments of Bodos.

This dance is common in the Bodo inhabited areas of Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Nalbari, Darrang and Sonitpur districts. This dance is also called as the Bardwisikhla dance....

Sammi Dance-Folk Dance of Punjab during Shilpgram Festival, Udaipur.

Sammi Dance-Folk Dance of Punjab during Shilpgram Festival 2009

The tribal communities of Punjab perform the Sammi Dance, which is popular in Sandalbar, which now is in Pakistan. The dancers are dressed in bright colored kurtas and full flowing skirts called lehengas. A peculiar silver hair ornament is associated with this dance.

Folk Artist Jumping on the rope during Shilpgram Festival, Udaipur.

Folk Artist Jumping on the rope during Shilpgram Festival 2009

Man jumping on the rope during Shilpgram Festival (Utsav) 2009 in Udaipur (Rajasthan). The nut kalakar jumping over the rope and showing balance and timing...

Lai Haraoba Dance of Manipur during Shilpgram Festival, Udaipur.

Lai Haraoba Dance of Manipur during Shilpgram Festival 2009

Lai Haraoba dance of Manipur ("the land of jewels"). performed in Shilpgram Festival (Utsav) 2009 in Udaipur (Rajasthan).

Lai Haraoba, which literally means pleasing of the Gods, festival is the biggest single key to the religion, culture and history of the Meitei Manipuri. The Manipuris believe that Lai Haraoba dance represents the concept of the beginning of the world....

Mharo Helo Suno ji Rama peer Ji Dance of Rajasthan during Shilpgram Festivall, Udaipur.

Mharo Helo Suno ji Rama peer Ji Dance of Rajasthan during Shilpgram Festival 2009

Mharo Helo Suno ji Rama peer Ji a traditional Rajasthani Bhajan. It is a religious folk song of Rajasthan....

Panthi - The tribal dance of Chattisgarh during Shilpgram Festivall, Udaipur.

Panthi - The tribal dance of Chattisgarh during Shilpgram Utsav 2009

Panthi dance, the folk dance of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, is usually performed by the Satnami community. This dance has religious overtones and conveys the Nirvana philosophy. These dancers from Chattisgarh fill the air with their vibrant steps.

The dance is devotional in spirit. It is performed by the Satnami community on the occasion of Maghi Purnima, the birth anniversary of their saint Guru Ghasidas...

Cheraw - Bamboo Dance of Mizoram during Shilpgram Festivall, Udaipur.

Cheraw - Bamboo Dance of Mizoram during Shilpgram Utsav 2009

Cheraw also known as 'Bamboo Dance', bamboos are used in this dance. The dancer moves by stepping alternatively in and out from between and across a pair of horizontal bamboos, held against the ground by people sitting face to face at either sides. They tap the bamboos, open and close in rhythmic beats. The bamboos, when clapped, produce a sharp sound which forms the rhythm of the dance. It indicates the timing fo the dance as well. The dancer steps in and out to the beats of the bamboos with and grace. The patterns and stepping of the dance have many variations...

Baje Che Nobat Baja Mara Digi Puri ka Raja of Rajasthan during Shilpgram Festivall, Udaipur.

Baje Che Nobat Baja Mara Digi Puri ka Raja of Rajasthan during Shilpgram Festival 2009

Very popular religious folk song of Rajasthan. Baje che noubat baja mara Diggi Puri Ka Raja. A local artist sung this during Shilpgram Utsav...

Kachhi Ghodi Folk Dance of Rajasthan during Shilpgram Festivall, Udaipur.

Kachhi Ghodi Folk Dance of Rajasthan during Shilpgram Festival 2009

Kachi Ghodi Dance of Rajasthan is one of the most popular Folk Dances. This is a dance performed on dummy horses. Men in elaborate costumes ride the equally well decorated dummy horses...

Rajasthani Folk Dance during Shilpgram Festivall, Udaipur.

Rajasthani Folk Dance during Shilpgram Festival 2009

Performance of Rajasthani folk dance in Shilpgram Utsav 2009 (Shilpgram Fair)...