(Last Updated on : 10/07/2017)
North Indian Dances represent a prosperous multiplicity. North India
was the centre of ancient kingdoms, such as Maurya Empire
, Gupta Empire
, Mughal dynasty
and British Indian Empires
which introduced diverse culture
to the region. The northern part of the country was influenced by both Hindu
and Muslim customs
. The states Jammu & Kashmir
, Himachal Pradesh
, Uttar Pradesh
reflect an amalgamation of these two religious cultures. Consequently, the music
and North Indian Dance reflect the miscellany of different traditions and customs
Different North Indian Dances
Following are the Different North Indian Dances:
: Kathak is celebrated as a classical dance form which originated with the nomadic bards of ancient northern India. This classical dance form of northern India witnessed a sharp decline during the British Rule however it gained back its grand position once again after the independence
. At present, Kathak is among the Indian Classical dances
with a combination of the past.
with its thumping music is performed in occasions like weddings
and other traditional festivals
Ras Leela Dance
: The Ras Leela is the most well-liked form of folk dance of India, particularly in the festivals of Krishna Janmashtami
in the regions in Mathura
in Uttar Pradesh.
: Garba is the most famous dance form in India. The traditional garba dance from Gujarat
is performed around the statue of Goddess Shakti
during the festival of Navaratri
is in the list of the most amazing local dances in India. The traditional folk dance Ghoomar is performed by the women of Bhil tribes along with other Rajasthani communities
: 'Dumhal' is a type of dance from Kashmir. It is presented by the dancers wearing long colourful wraps and tall pointed caps, studded with beads and shells
. The performers sing as well, with drums
to assist their lyrics. The performers move in a ceremony manner and dig a banner into the ground in a set location. The dance
begins with the men dancing around this banner.
Hurka Baul Dance
: Hurka Baul is presented in paddy and maize cultivation, in different fields. The singer narrates the story of battles
and heroic deeds, while the dancers
enter from two opposite sides and perform the stories, in a series of hard movements. The farmers form two rows and move backwards, in harmony.
: Hikat dance is performed by women
and comes across as a change of a game played by children. The participants expand their arms to the front, gripping each other's wrists. With their body persuaded back, they go round and round at the same spot.
: This dance is performed by the women of Punjab. In this dance form, a woman or a pair of women dances at a time, while the others surround them and clap in rhythm. The dance is largely performed during the festival of Teeyan
, to welcome the rain.
: This dance can be performed by men alone as well as with women. The Duph, after which the dance form is named, is a circular drum, played lightly by the male dancers.
: The autumn season is famous in Himachal Pradesh by a dance performance called Namagen.