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Indian Folk dances State-wise 2022

 Indian Folk dances State-wise

Dance is an art form that is different for everyone. It is not only about moments it is about the feelings and emotions we express through dance. In a diverse country like India, there are more languages than in States. If we talk about dance forms in India there are more than 100 dance forms in India. Every state and every region has a different form of dance and music.

Indian Classical Dance Form

There are 9 major dance forms of India which accepted by the Indian ministry of culture and according to the Sangeet Natak Academy, there are 8 dance forms in India. Other than these several other dance forms are not known at the national level. Here in the article, we will discuss several dance forms of each state in India.

List of Dance forms in India

State Major Dance Form
Andhra Pradesh
  • Burrakatha
  • Kuchipudi
  • Veeranatyam
  • Kolattam
  • Butla Bommalu
Arunachal Pradesh
  • Wancho
  • Digaru Mishmi Buiya
  • Idu Mishmi
  • Ka Fifai
  • Ponung
Assam
  • Bihu
  • Bhortal
  • Dhuliya
  • Apsara-Sabha
  • Deodhani
Bihar
  • Bidesiya
  • Fagua
  • Kajari
  • Painki
  • Jhumri
Chhattisgarh
  • Saila Dance
  • Sau Nacha
  • Jhirliti
  • Karma
  • Panthi
Goa
  • Dhalo
  • Dhangar
  • Mussoll
  • Dashavatra
  • Dulpod
Gujarat
  • Garba
  • Matukadi
  • Dandiya Rass
  • Padhar
  • Siddi Dhamal
Haryana
  • Jhomar
  • Gangaur
  • Loor
  • Khoria
  • Sapela
Himachal Pradesh
  • Chamba
  • Rasa
  • Swang Tegi
  • Nuala
  • Jataru Kayang
Jharkhand
  • Santali
  • Mundari
  • Sarhul
  • Lahasua
  • Damkach
Karnataka
  • Kuchipudi
  • Bharatanatyam
  • Pata Kunitha
  • Veeragase
  • Yashagana
Kerala
  • Kathakali
  • Pulikalli
  • Thirvathirakali
  • Koodiyattam
  • Mohiniyattam
Madhya Pradesh
  • Muriya
  • Gaur
  • Saila
  • Ahiria
  • Banjara
Maharashtra
  • Lavani
  • Powada
  • Tamasha
  • Koli
  • Bala Dindi
Manipur
  • Lai Haraoba
  • Chanlam
  • Kartal Cholam
  • Rass Lila
  • Pung Cholam
Meghalaya
  • Wangala
  • Lahoo Dance
  • Pomblang Nongkrem
  • Derogata
  • Chambil Mesara
Mizoram
  • Cheraw
  • Chai-Lam
  • Khuallam
  • Solakai
  • Sarlamkai
Nagaland
  • Zeliang
  • Changai
  • Modse
  • War dance
  • Sadal Kekai
Odisha
  • Gotipua
  • Odissi
  • Dhap
  • Karma naach
  • Dalkhai
Punjab
  • Giddha
  • Jhumar
  • Bhangra
  • Luddi
  • Jaago
Rajasthan
  • Bhavai
  • Fire dance
  • Kalbelia
  • Rasiya
  • Tera tali
Sikkim
  • Tamang Selo
  • Maruni
  • Chu Faat
  • Khukuri
  • Rechungma
Tamil Nadu
  • Theru Koothu
  • Kummi
  • Kolattam
  • Oyilattam
  • Puliyattam
Telangana
  • Gusadi
  • Kuchipudi
  • Lambadi
  • Dandaria
  • Bonalu
Tripura
  • Cheraw
  • Hojagiri
  • Mamita
  • Mosak Sulmani
  • Goria
Uttar Pradesh
  • Swang
  • Raslila
  • Nautanki
  • Kathak
  • Mayur Nritya
Uttarakhand
  • Romala
  • Jhora
  • Chhopati
  • Barada Nati
  • Dhurang
West Bengal
  • Chhau
  • Kalikapatadi
  • Jatra
  • Gazan
  • Dhunachi

Major Dance Forms in India

  1. Bharatnatyam- Originated from Tamil Nadu. It was originally performed in the temples. Bharatnatyam is 2000 years old dance form and it can also be found in the Bharata Muni’s Natya Shastra.
  2. Kathak- The origin of Kathak is Uttar Pradesh. The and the word Kathak is derived from the word Katha which means story. It is considered a musical dance story because throughout the whole performance the artists narrate stories.
  3. Kathakali- Kathakali originated from Kerala. Includes storytelling with the help of dance.
  4. Kuchipudi- Originated from Andhra Pradesh. Kuchipudi is developed to worship the Lord, Krishna.
  5. Manipuri- Originated from Manipur. Lai Haraoba is the origin and basis of all the dance forms of Manipuri dances.
  6. Mohiniyattam- It originated from Kerala. The name Mohiniyattam is derived from the word Mohini, which is the feminine form of Lord Vishnu. The word Mohini means the dance of Mohini.
  7. Odissi- It originated from Odisha. The costume used in Odissi is a silk saree.
  8. Sattriya- Originated in Assam. It was innovated by the great Vaishnava saints and the reformers of Assam.
  9. Chhau- Chhau is performed in Purulia, West Bengal, Seraikella, Jharkhand, and Mayurbhanj Chau of Odisha. It is a semi-classical dance form.

FAQs related to Dance forms in India

1. How many dance forms are there in India?
Ans. There are 29 states and all of these 29 states have more than 10 dances each. If you talk about the undiscover dance forms there will be several dance forms in India.

2. Does the union territories of India also have dance forms?
Ans. All the union territories have different dance forms, for example under one and Nicobar Islands have Nicobari as a dance form.

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