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
Dharmar & Hamchi Dances: These are energetic and fast tempoed dances performed by the Siddis or
Abysinnians who came from Africa centuries ago.
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’.
is similar to Garba but is performed by men.
It is performed by members of the shepherd community, while
holding a stick in one hand and a peacock feather in the
It is a
folk dance performed by women.
It is a rural dance in which the dancers simulate the
rhythmic movements of the undulating sea.
It is a
post-harvest dance performed by ‘Adivasis’.
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.