(Last Updated on : 11/07/2017)
The folk dances of Madhya Pradesh are an essential element of their culture
and tradition. Madhya Pradesh
not only unifies numerous religions
in its part, but is also a home to some of the most famous tribal
communities of the country. Actually, the tribal culture
in the state is the basis of the integration of a range of folk dance
forms to its group of traditional dances
Different Folk Dances of Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh has been, and still is, to a great level dominated by its tribal inhabitants. Following are the different Folk Dances of Madhya Pradesh:
: Matki Dance is presented by the women on different occasions. This is a community dance of the Malwa. The dancers
move musically to the beating of a drum
that is locally called Matki.
: Regarded as the oldest of all tribal dances
in the state, Karma Dance sees the presentation on the beginning of the spring season. Happily dressed tribal men and women
perform this dance, particularly around the trees
scattered in the village
. Musical instruments
like thumki, payri, challa and jhumki come with the different tribal songs.
: Tertali Dance is a folk dance of the Kamar tribe in Madhya Pradesh. The two or three women of the tribe sit on the land and start the dance performance. Small metal cymbals called 'Manjiras
' are tied to dissimilar parts of their body.
: The Murias first worship their drums. Regularly they start with a prayer to 'Lingo Pen', the phallic deity of the tribe and the founder of the Ghotul society.
: Baredi dance is presented in the starting of Diwali till the day of Poornima
. The dancers perform in a group of brightly dressed 8-10 young men and are choreographed by a head male actor.
: Ahiri Dance is a mark of the cattle herders of Gwalior
. This dance also has religious connotations. The various communities
of Gwalior, who perform this dance, are considered to be the descendants of Lord Krishna
: Lehangi Dance is a well-liked folk dance of the Banjara
tribe of Madhya Pradesh and is performed during the monsoon period. The Banjara tribe also performs this dance during the festival of Rakhi
. Young men grasp sticks in their hands and musically beat them while dancing.
: People of the Bundelkhand
area perform this dance, to celebrate wealth. Men and women, in colourful costumes
dance and celebrate together, synchronizing their movements to a mixture of musical instruments. The women also poise baskets, full of jawara on their head.
Phul Pati Dance
: This dance is displayed on the time of the festival of Holi
. The girls generally hail from a semi-rural background, slightly than an inclusive rural life style. The Phul Pati Dance performance is restricted to the unmarried girls of Madhya Pradesh.
: The Grida dance is performed by the people of Madhya Pradesh when the Rabi crop is sown in the region. The sharing is done from different villages of the state. One village acts as the host to the festivity and each village takes turns in hosting the occasion annually.
: Naurata dance is performed by would be brides to pray to the God
seeking a good match and marital enjoyment. The nine day festivities during the period of navaratri
are marked by creating Naurata elaborate designs outside the house made from lime and a variety of colours.
: The Saila dance is a form of stick dance and is very well-liked amongst the people of Sarguja, Baitul and Chhindwara districts. In some of the areas, Saila dance is also famous as Dandar Pate or Danda Nach. The dancers generally stand on one foot and hold on the next dancer. Then, they all hop and dance together.