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FOLK  DANCES OF GUJARAT 

 

 Dandiya Raas: It is a simple rhythmic dance performed by young people moving around in a circle in measured steps to the beat of ‘dandiya sticks. ‘Gof Gunthan, ‘Matka Nritya and ‘Mer Dance are variations of Dandiya Raas.

 

Dharmar & Hamchi Dances: These are energetic and fast tempoed dances performed by the Siddis or Abysinnians who came from Africa centuries ago.

 

Garba:  Garba is the leading dance of women in Gujarat, which is associated with the fertility cult. For the nine ‘Navaratri’ nights women perform this simple, circular dance in honour of the goddess ‘Amba.

 

Garbi: This is similar to Garba but is performed by men.

 

Gheria Dance: It is performed by members of the shepherd community, while holding a stick in one hand and a peacock feather in the other.

 

Jhumar:  It is a folk dance performed by women.

 

Padhar Dance: It is a rural dance in which the dancers simulate the rhythmic movements of the undulating sea.

 

Thakaria:  It is a post-harvest dance performed by ‘Adivasis.

 

Tippani: It this dance, women from some parts of Saurashtra beat the floor with wooden mallets, and sings to the pace, while others dance in swirling skirts.
 


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