(Last Updated on : 29/10/2013)
Folk dances of Gujrat are the identity of the typical Gujrati Culture and tradition. The vibrant, colourful and energetic Gujrati folk dances truly reflect the essence of the society. Gujarat is identified by its preserved rich tradition of songs, dances and dramas. The Gujaratis have a natural talent for singing and dancing. The best known among these is the Garba and Dandiya
. . Folk drama in Gujarat is known as Bhavai dance
. Most of the art traditions trace back their origin to the ancient period.
The Garba dance of Gujrat is famous in all parts of India. This dance is performed by the womenfolk of Gujrat. This dance form has connection with Shakti
-Puja and its origin is believed to be in the worship of goddess Jagdamba. At the time of Navaratri
this dance is performed throughout nine nights. This dance is performed also in the occasions such as Sharad Purnima
, Vasant Panchami
. This dance is presented by the ladies in a circular form.Usually 'kedia' and 'churidar' are worn during the performance. The instruments of this dance form include damru, tabla
, nagara, murli, turi,shehnai
The most popular Dandiya dance is also known as the 'stick' dance. This is another form of dance that is also a feature of most welcomed festival, Navratri. This dance form is always performed in a group in a circular movement to a measure steps. The sticks used in this form are believed to be the sword of Goddess Durga
. It is mainly performed by the women in a graceful and rhythmic manner but men also join it when it is performed in pairs. They generally wear traditional Gujrati dress Ghagra-choli-dupatta.
The Bhavai Dance is believed to be dance of emotions. The Bhavai drama is a continuous performance lasting the whole night and staged in open grounds before the audiences, as a source of entertainment. The male and female performers balance a number of earthen pots while dancing.
There are many folk dances in India that typically represents the community related activities and their functional aspects, and the Tippani folk dance is also a dance of such a pattern. This dance is performed during wedding ceremony.