Giddha Dance, Punjab - Informative & researched article on Giddha Dance, Punjab
 Indianetzone: Largest Free Encyclopedia of India with thousand of articlesIndian Dances


in  
 Art & Culture|Entertainment|Health|Reference|Sports|Society|Travel
Forum  | Free E-magazine  | RSS Feeds  
Indian Crafts|Indian Monuments|Indian Dances|Indian Festivals|Indian Paintings|Indian Photography|Indian Sculpture
Home > Art & Culture > Indian Dances > Indian Folk Dances > Folk Dances of Punjab > Giddha Dance
Giddha Dance, Punjab
 
 Giddha DanceDuring Lohri occasion, the Punjabi women reveal their joy; expel their suppressed feelings in a male dominated society through the Giddha. It is also an evergreen folk dance, in which young ladies gorgeously dressed in colourful clothes; bright coloured kameez, salwars and chunnis even the embroidered duppattas and heavy jewelry of the participants add colours to the dance. The ornaments that they wear are suggi-phul (worn on head) to pazaibs (anklets), haar-hamela, (gem-studded golden necklace) baazu-band (worn around upper-arm) and raani-haar (a long necklace made of solid gold). They also sing folk songs in mellow but sonorous voices, especially accompanying to the beat of the clapping.

One of the girls plays on the drum or `dholki` while others form a circle. While moving in a circle, the girls raise their hands parallel to the level of the shoulders and clap their hands in unison. Then they also strike their palms against those of their neighboring participants. Clapping of hands generally provides the rhythm. With drums, earthen pitchers are also used to lend enchantment to the ears of the dancers and spectators. Since this dance has nothing to do with men, only women can participate in it. During performing Giddha, the leader of the chorus sings a boli, repeated by other participants, which are accompanied by the beat of the dholak, ghada and taliyan (clapping).

Giddha DanceBy singing bolian the ladies outpour their feelings of resentment, agony, pain, jealousy at their in-laws, and affection, warmth and love for their parental homes. This dance is ceremonial in nature and performed on festive occasions such as marriages, mundan and the festival of Teej or occasionally at the time of harvesting as well. Mimicry is also a very popular insertion in `Giddha`. One girl may play the role of aged bridegroom and another his young bride; or one may play a quarrelsome sister in law and another a humble bride. In this way Giddha provides for the entire group of girls a best forum for giving vent to their emotions. The number of participants is unrestricted & it further exaggerates the movements of the group.

(Last Updated on : 18/11/2010)
More Articles in Folk Dances of Punjab  (10)
 
Bhangra  (2)
 
 
 
 
 
Jangam  
 
Naqal  
 
Recently Updated Articles in Indian Dances
Chhau dance of Saraikela
Chhau Dance of Saraikela was evolved from martial art techniques that were earlier practiced in this region by soldiers in the royal army.
Padma Subramanyam
Padma Subramanyam is an internationally acclaimed Indian classical dancer of the Bharatnatyam style of dancing.
Treatises on Odissi
Treatises on Odissi have given a vivid description of the technicalities and art form that is involved in the dance. The treatises are also a good source of reference for knowing the detailed history of Odissi Dance.
Vithi Bhagavatam
Vithi Bhagavatam is a traditional dance form. Talented male dancers with histrionic skills impersonated female roles even surpassing the female artists and have won legendary fame.
Jhijhian Dance of Bihar
Jhijhian dance is a folk dance of Bihar and is practiced only by women.
E-mail this Article | Post a Comment
Forum
Forum on Indian Dances
Free E-magazine
Subscribe to Free E-Magazine on Art & Culture
 
 
Giddha Dance, Punjab - Informative & researched article on Giddha Dance, Punjab
Sitemap
Contact Us   |   RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2008 Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce the contents in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of
Jupiter Infomedia Ltd.