(Last Updated on : 30/10/2013)
Pradesh often called the Heart of India, is a state in central India. Madhya Pradesh has been, and still is, to a large extent dominated by its tribal population. So it is not surprising that the ethnic dance and music of Madhya Pradesh is also tribal in nature.
It has heritage of the famous folk dances like the Maanch and the Gaur Maria dance.
Maanch is a lyrical folk drama and a form of operatic ballet that is very popular in Malwa in Madhya Pradesh. "Maanch" means the stage or place of performance and as an indigenous & distinct folk-form. The presentation style & technique of the Maanch, its various thematic elements, & suitable music and gaudy costumes all contribute in making this play a unique one.
Gaur Maria Dance
Gaur Maria dance is one of the important dances of Bison Horn Marias of Abhujmaria plateau of Bastar in Madhya Pradesh. This is a very beautiful and joyful dance and is basically performed as an invocation on the occasion of marriages.