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List of Indian Folk Dances

Indian folk dances are practice in the rural areas and performed during the religious or seasonal festivals. Some of the most popular folk dances performed across the Indian villages and cities are Bhangra, Rouff, Garba, Kalbelia,Lavani,Chhau, Bihu and Raut Nacha. Indian folk and tribal dances are simple dances, and are performed to express joy and happiness among themselves. Folk and tribal dances are performed for every possible occasion, to celebrate the arrival of seasons, birth of a child, a wedding and festivals. The dances are extremely simple with minimum of steps or movement. The dances burst with verve and vitality. Men and women perform some dances exclusively, while in some performances men and women dance together. Diverse culture of India has the treasure of a variety of folk and tribal dances in regions across the country. 

 

State

Dance Form

Andhra Pradesh

  • Kuchipudi
  • Kottam

Assam

  • Ojapali
  • Bihu
  • Ankia Na

Arunachal Pradesh

  • Lion and Peacock dance
  • Chalo
  • Popir
  • Bardo Chham
  • Aji Lamu

Bihar

  • Jata Jatin
  • Faguna or Fag
  • Purbi,Bidesia

Chhatisgarh

  • Panthi
  • Raut Nacha

Gujarat

  • Dandya Ras
  • Garba Lasya Nritya
  • Bhavai
  • Garba
  • Rasila
  • Trippan

Goa

  • Fugdi
  • Dekhnni
  • Tarangamel
  • Dhalo

Haryana

  • Swang
  • Khoria
  • Gugga dance
  • Loor
  • Sang
  • Dhama

Himachal Pradesh

  • Luddi Dance
  • Munzra
  • Kanayala
  • Giddha Parhaun
  • Hikat

Jammu and Kashmir

  • Rouf
  • Chakri

Jharkhand

Karma

Karnataka

  • Yakshagana
  • Bayalata
  • Simha Nutrya
  • Dollu Kunitha
  • Veeragase

Kerala

  • Chakiarkoothu
  • Kathakali
  • Mohiniattam
  • Ottam Thullal
  • Chavittu Natakam
  • Kaikotti Kalai
  • Koodiyattam
  • Krishnavattam
  • Mudiyettu
  • Tappatri Kai
  • Tappatri Kai
  • Theyyam

Lakshadweep

Lava

Madhya Pradesh

  • Macha
  • Lota
  • Pandvan
  • Tertali
  • Charkula
  • Jawara
  • Matki dance
  • Phulpatti dance
  • Grida dance
  • Maanch
  • Gaur maria dance

Mizoram

  • Chiraw (Bamboo Dance)

Manipur

  • Thang ta
  • Dhol cholom
  • Manipuri

Maharashtra

  • Tamasha
  • Dahi Kala
  • Lavani
  • Lezim

Odisha

  • Odissi
  • Savari
  • Ghumara
  • Paik
  • Chhau
  • Gotipua
  • Sambalpur

Puducherry

  • Garadi

Punjab

  • Bhangra
  • Giddha
  • Daff
  • Dhaman
  • Malwai
  • Jhumar
  • Karthi
  • Kikli
  • Sammi
  • Dandass
  • Ludi
  • Jindua

Rajasthan

  • Ghumar
  • Chakri
  • Gangaur
  • Jhulan
  • Leela
  • Jhuma
  • Suisini
  • Ghapal
  • Kalbelia

Sikkim

  • Singhi chham
  • Yak Chaam
  • Maruni
  • Rechungma

Tamil Nadu

  • Bharatnatyam
  • Kumi
  • Kolattam
  • Kavadi
  • Karagattam
  • Theru koothu
  • Bommal attam
  • Puliyaattam
  • Oyilattam

Telangana

  • Perini Thandavam
  • Dappu
  • Lambadi

Tripura

  • Hojagiri
  • Goria
  • Lebang Boomani

Uttarakhand

  • Chholiya
  • Jagars
  • Thali-Jadda
  • Jhainta
  • Barada Nat

Uttar Pradesh

  • Nautanki
  • Raslila
  • Kajri
  • Jhora
  • Chhapeli
  • Jaita

West Bengal

  • Jatra
  • Chau
  • Kathi

 
Classical Dances in India : 
Indian classical dance, or Shastriya Nritya, is an umbrella term for various performance arts rooted in religious Hindu musical theatre styles, whose theory and practice can be traced to the Sanskrit text Natya Shastra.

Dance

State

Bharatanatyam

Tamil Nadu

Bihu

Assam

Bhangra

Punjab

Chhau

Bihar, Orissa, W. Bengal and Jharkhand

Garhwali

Uttaranchal

Garba

Gujarat

Hattari

Karnataka

Kathak

North India

Kathakali

Kerala

Kutchipudi

Andhra Pradesh

Khantumm

Mizoram

Karma

Madhya Pradesh

Laho

Meghalaya

Mohiniattam

Kerala

Mando

Goa

Manipuri

Manipur

Nati

Himachal Pradesh

Nat-Natin

Bihar

Odissi

Orissa

Rauf

Jammu &Kashmir

Yakshagan

Karnataka

 

 

 

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