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Kalbeliya Dance, Folk Dance of Rajasthan
Kalbeliya dance is a folk dance of Rajasthan named after the kalbeliya community. It is one of the most sensuous dance forms.
 
 Kalbeliya Dance, Folk Dance of RajasthanKalbeliya dance is a folk dance performed in the Rajasthan state of India. It is one of the most sensuous dance forms. The dance is mainly performed by the Kalbeliya community. It is danced to celebrate the happy moment in the community. Both men and women participate in Kalbeliya dance.

Kalbeliya
The Kalbeliya is a snake-charmer community from Rajasthan. The Kalbeliyas rely heavily on this dance performance for their living. In the earlier days, the community was known for its constant movement from one place to another. They were mainly involved in the occupation of catching snakes and trading snake venom. Owing to this reason, the dance steps and costume resemble the movements of a snake. The Kalbeliyas are also known by the names of Sapera, Jogira or Jogi. They are spread in Pali district, Ajmer, Chittorgarh and Udaipur district and Jaipur.

Performance of Kalbeliya Dance
The dance is usually performed by a group of two women standing in the centre of the stage. After this pair, another pair of women come and dances in the same way. As the women dancers move in a circle, while dancing, their body sway acrobatically, leaving an impression that they are made up of some flexible material like rubber. The beat of the dance increases in tempo and also there is an increase in their pace of the dance. This dance performance leaves viewer as exhausted as the dancer. The overall performance consists of many fearful actions performed by dancers. The performance relies heavily to the music of 'been' and 'duff'. The actual fun of their performance can be enjoyed at the gatherings somewhere around the festival of Holi.

The dancers are required to constantly decrease the tempo of their gyrations and move to the corners to catch their breath while two other dancers would spin around to take their places in the centre. The specialty of this dance is that the dancers perform it in a beautiful synchronized rhythm that for a moment the audience feels they are the same dancers that continue throughout the performance.

Costume of Kalbeliya Dance
The Kalbeliya women dancers wear long, black coloured, drindled-skirts heavily worked with embroidery and light-coloured thread along with small pieces of mirrors. This costume draws the attention in a somewhat strange way.

(Last Updated on : 12/12/2014)
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