Folk Dances of Telangana

Article Views

Dappu Dance:


Dappu Nrityam or Dappu Dance is a reputed dance form in the Telangana. Dappu is known by different names in various parts of the state such as Tapetta and Palaka. This dance form derives its name from the melodiously rhythmic musical instrument ‘Dappu’, which is a percussion instrument (drum) shaped like a tambourine. This dance form is believed to have originated from the Nizamabad district of Telangana. The dance performers wear colorful and bright attires. The dance is usually performed at many festive occasions.

Lambadi ​:

Lambadi is an ancient folk dance of Telangana (and Andhra Pradesh), which is performed by the semi-nomadic tribes called ‘Lambadis’ or ‘Banjaras’ or ‘Sengalis’. The dance owes its origin to tribes in Rajasthan. Lambadi dance is usually performed by females and only a rare participation by the males. The dancers were colourful embroidered costumes embellished with glass beads and mirrors and ornate jewellery. The dance involves every-day themes like harvesting, planting and sowing. The dancers use words from Rajasthani, Gujarati, Marathi and Telugu languages. Lambadi is generally a group dance which is performed on various festivals sch as Holi, Dussehra, Deepawali and other such occasions.

Perini Sivatandavam

Perini Sivatandavam or Perini Thandavam is a typical war dance which owes its origins to the 11th century rulers of Kakatiya dynasty. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva (Lord Rudra). Historical insights into the dance form can be found in the thousand pillared temples and shrines at Palampet and Ghanapur in Warangal district. This dance form is performed only by men who dance to the accompaniment of bells, drums and conches.

The credit for the revival of Perini along with other ancient spiritual dances like ‘Agama Nartanams’ and ‘Navajanardana Parijatam’ is attributed to late Dr. Nataraja Ramakrishna (1923-2011).


Gusadi is a folk dance is performed by ‘Raj Gonds’ or the Gondulu tribes in the of Adilabad district of Telangana. The dance is generally performed during the festival of Diwali. The dancers wear colourful costumes decorated with ornaments and move around in the villages in troupes, singing and dancing. Such troupes are called Dandari dance troupes. ‘Gusadi’ is a part of Dandari and consists of two to five


Mayuri ​:

This folk dance is performed in the tribal areas of Khammam district.


Translate »
error: Content is protected !!