Folk Dance forms of India

DANDIYA - Rajasthan Folk Dance
The folk dances of Rajasthan clearly shows the colourful nature of this desert state. Dandiya is one of the popular folk dance and in this, a large group of men dance around vigorously playing with big sticks in their hands. There would be a drummer in the centre who plays the 'Meddale' skillfully. The dancers shout ho, ho joyously and perform this dance during Holi festival and other occasions.The Bhils of Rajasthan have a variety of dances, which correspond to the agricultural cycle. The Ghumer dance, Raika and Jhoria are some. The Gher dance is a favourite dance of the Mina tribe who are akin to the Bhils. Valar is typical dance of the Garasias.

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