Rajasthan has many forms of folk dances which are attractive, skillful and very enjoyable by any age group. Rajasthani folk dance is famous all around the world. Some of the Rajasthan’s traditional dance forms are very much different as an only skilled person can do it. Rajasthani folk dances are originated from different tribes and mainly used at the past time to entertain Kings. Folk dance is generally ballads which relate brave deeds and romantic tales and religious or devotional songs known as bhajans. Here is the list of Rajasthan’s popular Folk Dance Forms, which perform by the Rajasthani peoples in festivals and fairs.
Ghoomar is a traditional folk dance of Rajasthan. This is basically a community dance for women which performed on auspicious occasions. During the times of Kings, this dance form was performed to entertain the kings. Women in colorful attires and the dance moves by waving and clapping the hands and twirling in rounds looks very attractive and interesting to see. The famous ‘Ghoomar’, Rajasthan’s popular dance gets its name from ‘Ghoomna’, which displays the beautiful coloring of ‘Ghagra’ ’, the long skirt of the Rajasthani women. Ghoomar is regularly performed on special events, for example, at weddings, festivals, and religious events.
Best Places to Enjoy: Udaipur, Kota, Bundi, and Jodhpur.
Bhavai dance is a skillful and wonderful performance by the women balancing 6 to 7 brass or earthen pots on the head. To perform this traditional dance form needs great effort and hard work. Apart from balancing the utensils in this dance, their feet are danced on a plate or on the side of a weapon. This traditional folk dance, performed by the women of the Jat, Bhil, Raigar, Meena, Kumhar, and Kalbelia communities of Rajasthan evolved from the extraordinary quality and capacity of these communities to convey various pots of water on head over a long distance in the desert. Balancing the pots and dancing within a plate, it’s really mind-blowing dance performance.
Best Places to Enjoy: Jaipur and Bikaner.
Kalbelia dance form popularly known as also “Sapera Dance” or “Snake Charmer Dance”. In this dance, males play various traditional instruments and females perform the dance. In this dance, the women in flowing black skirts that dance and swirl, they replicating the movements of a serpent. The fame of this dance is worldwide that Rajasthan’s Kalbelia dance and songs. This Dance was recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity from the year 2010. This tribal community dance form is performed by the tribes, known as “Kalbelia”. Kalbelia is such a beautiful dance form women in variant colorful clothes forming curly and round line segments resembling a snake and also the background music to the dance performance is another great thing to experience.
Best Places to Enjoy: Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Barmer, Jalore, Jaipur, and Pushkar.
Chari Dance is a traditional dance form by the Kishangarh. Saini and Gurjar communities which are followed it during some special occasions and festivals. Women perform this dance form with a brass pot on the head and a lighted lamp in it and While performing they move together and dance on the same sequence. This traditional dance form requires lots of skill, ability, and patience as this dance is performed with pots on the head and lamps in the hand of the dance artists.
Best Places to Enjoy: Ajmer and Kishangarh.
Terah Taali dance is performed as a kind of ritual to please Baba Ramdeo, a local deity of Rajasthan. This dance is a beautiful musical and one of the complex folk dances of Rajasthan. The main part of this dance form is thirteen Manjeeras means small brass discs which are attached to the different parts of the body. This dance form is performed by the Kamada tribes who are traditional snake charmers. Besides this, it is also performed by the tribes of Mirasi, Bhand, Dholi, Bhat, and Nat. The Thirteen cymbals used in the different body parts of the female dancer is a magnificent scene to watch. It is also practiced by Pokhran and Deedwana:
Best Places to Enjoy: Almost played in all popular festivals in Rajasthan.
Gair is another famous folk dance form by the Bhil community and this dance performance mostly taken place during the festivals like Holi and Janmashtami. Both men and women perform this dance form in colorful traditional attires. Men attires look attractive in long skirts and also they handle sticks for rhythmic beats. The dance formations in clockwise and anti-clockwise moves according to the music beats attracts everyone. The Gair dance can perform any time as a form of entertainment it is performed during any festive occasions.
Best Places to Enjoy: Marwar region.
Fire dance is a dangerous and difficult folk dance form which is mostly habituated in desert areas. This dance form clarifies the way of life of Jasnathis of Churu and Bikaner. The dance involves breathtaking fire stunts wherein the dancers perform by holding fire rods in their hands and filling up their mouths with kerosene. The flame rods are also moved on their heads and legs by the popular dance artists. Here the Jasnathi men and boys jump on to the fire with the accompaniment of drum beats. The dancers perform their actions as if they are blessed with divine protection.
Best Places to Enjoy: Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Jaipur.
Rajasthan Kathputli dance is world famous and well known as ‘Puppetry dance’. This dance is coming from centuries back. Kathputli Dance or Rajasthani puppetry art is known to be started a thousand years ago. Around then these puppets were not only a source of entertainment and happiness gave good moral and social education training. This show helps peoples to aware of the social issues that everyone was confronting and also showed ways of solving them. This puppet show showcases the rich culture and traditional values of ancient days. In Rajasthan, for this puppetry dance form has extraordinary significance.
Best Places to Enjoy: Marwar region and also most of all villages in Rajasthan.
Kachhi Ghodi or The dummy horse is a famous dance form by the men representing the stories of Bandits of Shekhawati region. It is generally performed for the entertainment of the bridegroom’s party. This folk dance is the most popular Folk Dances of Rajasthan. Dancers wear novelty horse costumes and participate in mock battles while a singer artist describes folk tales about local bandits of Shekhawati district through his song. During this dance, men wear distinctive traditional clothing, like dhoti, turbans, and kurtas and they perform the dance by riding on the puppet horses. The dance form keeps running with the background songs to bandits and moke fight/battles with swords.
Best Places to Enjoy: Jaipur, and Udaipur.