(Last Updated on : 14/02/2014)
Folk dances of Haryana
represent the main folk culture of this state. Many Haryana songs and dances are related to harvest and festivals. As long as there are agricultural festivals in the state, there will always be a distinctive Haryani folk tradition of dance and music, entertaining the whole India. The major folk dances of Haryana are...
This dance form is performed by the farmers in the month of Phalgun. Both men and women can perform this dance. During performance women wear colourful traditional cloths where men wear colourful turbans.
Saang dance is a popular dance form of Haryana, reflecting its culture in true sense. A group comprising of people in even numbers such as ten or twelve persons performs it. The dance mainly reflects religious stories and folk tales that are performed in open places and it lasts for 5 hours. Some of the male participants dress up as women to perform the part of the female in the dance. The meaning of 'Saang' or 'Swang' is disguise or 'to impersonate'. It is believed that this dance form first originated and then evolved in its present form by Kishan Lal
Bhaat in 1750 AD.
In many places of India, the birth of new child is celebrated with pleasure. Chhathi dance is also a ritualistic dance, performed at the same occasion. But, this dance is performed only on the birth of a male child. Women perform this dance on the sixth day of the birth. It is a romantic dance and performed during the night. At the end of the celebration, boiled wheat and chanaa are distributed to all the members who are present for the performance.
The Khjoria dance is a collective form of the variety of the Jhumar dance style & steps, exclusively performed by the women. This dance is popular in the central region of Haryana and is connected with the daily affairs of the people and with the most important events like the harvest, agricultural work, etc.
The Dhamal dance is famous in the Gurgaon
area, which is inhabited by Ahirs. This dance is performed only by men. It is said that the people perform this dance whenever their crop is ready for the purpose of the harvest.
A dance called Ghoomar is popular in the western parts of the Haryana. Circular movements of the dancers mark this dance as different one. The girls from the border region of the state generally perform Ghoomar. The dancers, who take a circular mode and move about clapping and singing, perform this dance. The girls sing while they dance in a swirling movement and as the tempo of the music increases the girls form pairs and swirl faster and faster. The accompanying songs are full of satire, humour and refer to contemporary events, while the dancers twirl around in pairs. This dance is performed on occasion of festivals such as Holi, Gangaur Puja and Teej.
The dance named after an ornament called as "Jhumar". Jhumar dance is also one among the famous folk dances of Haryana.
The dance was naming Gugga by the devotees of saint Gugga. Gugga dance is performed by only men. Both Hindus and Muslims worship Gugga Pir.
Girls perform the Loor dance, during the month of 'Phalguna' (pring). This dance is named so because the word 'Loor', which means girls in the Bangar area of Haryana. It is specially performed during the Holi
festival. This dance marks the arrival of pleasant spring season and with it the sowing of the Rabi crops in the farms. The songs are generally in the form of questions and answers format. Girls usually participate in this dance wearing their traditional dress of 'Ghagra', 'Kurti', 'Chundri' and 'Chunda'.