Folk Dances of West Bengal

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Brita or Vrita Dance:

Brita or Vrita Dance is one of the most important traditional folk dances of Bengal. It is performed by barren women as a mark of gratitude to God after their wish of conceiving a child is fulfilled. Quite often, this dance is performed after recovery from contagious diseases.

Gaudiya Nritya:

‘Gaudiya Nritya’ is the revived form of a forgotten dance form of West Bengal. It was revived as a result of the efforts of Dr. Mahua Mukherjee. Hundreds of exquisite dancing figures, painstakingly carved in terracotta on the pillars and panels of the 17th century ‘Hansheshwari Temple’ situated in Bansberia in the Hoogly district of West Bengal, are responsible for reviving this classical dance form.


Kali Nach​:

Kali Nach is performed during ‘Gajan’, in honour of the Goddess Kali. Here, the performer wears a mask and dances with a sword and when worked up can make prophetic statements.

Rava Dance ​:

The women of the ‘Rava’ community perform several colourful and rhythmic dances accompanied by harmonious music. Important among the Rava dances include ‘Nak Chung Baini’, ‘Fai Nang Mein’, ‘Baishar Bidan’ and ‘Larai Lunji’.


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