(Last Updated on : 10-07-2017)
West Indian Dances are detailed and rich in style and its appearance is set in the traditional pattern. The folk dances
of the western region however, have their beginning in the rural village
and at present they are equal to the culture of the Indian masses. These regional dances of western India
reflect vast cultural diversity of the region and are considered to be the higher form of art
as well as dance of this region is loaded with a field of various influences. The states
lying in the western part of the country boasts of innumerable dance forms which have a mixture of the expressions of folk and tribal dance forms. Each dance form has a specialty of its particular region. Furthermore, the dance forms of the western region are lively and colourful.
Different West Indian Dances
Following are the Different West Indian Dances:
: Among the vibrant West Indian Dances, Dandiya is one of the mesmerizing folk dances of Gujarat
which has earned recognition from all over the country as well as abroad for its rhythmic tunes and captivating movements. The dance is known for its exciting flow of colours and brightness whereas the enriching illustration of the dance crowns it as one of the renowned dances of India
: The Garba
Dance is immensely popular in Gujarat
. It is performed as an honour of Mother Divine, the goddess Kali
who is sacred in Gujarat as Amba Mata or Mataji. Garba Dance is basically a women
s dance but it is common in men also. It is performed at numerous favourable occasions and social events.
: It is a dance by men only. Garbi is a dance in honour of Amba Mata, like Garba. It is performed around a photo or a statue of the Goddess
with a lighted lamp or a small basket containing earth
(soil) and developed grains, called a jawara.
: The Tippani
gets its name from the hammers or tampers, called tippanis, they use to hammer the ground. Women are employed to organize the floors of houses and beat the clay with mallets. They do this work in the form of a dance and sing in adding up.
: This dance is derived from the Dandiya Raas. Coloured ribbons or ropes are hanged from the peak of a pole and dancers
grip the end of the rope in one hand with a short stick in the other. The dancers movements are choreographed accordingly that the ropes are hustled and unwoven to make a range of patterns.
: The Hudo is a dance of courtship. Young men and women line up, dressed in their colourful fine clothes, with men in one row and women facing them in another. This energetic dance has particular steps accompanied by clapping.
: Ghado dance moves in a circle, accompanied by songs about everyday life.
dance is presented for male audiences. The Lavani dance deal with varied topics, like politics, religion
, and society. The series of dialogue would exchange with entertaining dance. The dialogues no longer deal with present day situations and the performances use older compositions.
dance is presented during the Ganesh Chaturthi
festival. The activities of Lezim dance look like movements of martial art in source. A variety of formations are created in the dance. Sometimes this dance is accompanied by a dhol (drum
: Koli, or Kolyacha Naach is general in the coastal regions of Maharashtra
and is named for fisherman, as well as the Koli community of fisher folk who execute the dance. It is performed by men and women in pairs.
: The tribals
of Dadra and Nagar Haveli
have their dance form "Tarpa" and the expression of the dance becomes even more appealing during moonlit nights and continues to midnight and is definitely the specific dance of the region.
: Fugdi is an art form that can be traced to the primeval cultural traditions of Goa
. It is a Goan folkdance performed by women in the Konkan region, and thus another dance form of western India. These dances are performed in many Hindu religious festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi
, Dhalo and in other social and religious occasions.