Traditional Indian folk dances

The dances you might have seen on Indian TV shows and the songs they perform come originally from folk’s roots. It is the best way to get yourself some knowledge about the traditional folk from India. It is also recommended to analyze and research the culture of India first through their songs and types of dances. India is known for having a large population of people and is split into many regions. The interesting fact is that the country has over a dozen different languages with differing accents! Each part of India has its own cultural side and it is fascinating to get familiar with a few of them. Let’s go through the traditional Indian folk dances.

Rouff, Kashmi and Jammu

The dance called Rouff is usually performed by women in festivals, celebrations and family events. It came from the people of Kashmir and it is now held as a dance of the region. The people dancing divide into 2 similar groups and they put their arms on the shoulders of people, who are near them on the opposite side. The dance itself is not that hard to perform but it still requires moving a lot with your feet alongside the dance floor. Usually, the dance is finished when a nice and easy song ends.

Garba, Gujarat

The folk dance is attractive and enjoyable, and it spread to other regions rather than just being performed locally in Gujarat. It exemplifies the joy and triumph of life. You could see the unworried eyes reflecting the happiness of the people who are performing the dance moves; it is just special. The dance is often acted out outside, illuminated by a lantern, and the dancing people praise the Indian Gods and Goddesses. It starts with people gathering around in a circle. It is believed that dance gives people the energy to achieve the goals they set. Another astonishing aspect of the performance is the costumes – they are detailed and handmade and wonderful to look at!

Raasleela, Uttar Pradesh

Raasleela is known for its history. It is thought that the dance came from the ancient times and it brought attention to folk enthusiasts who adapted it to modern times. The dance started to become popular in Uttar Pradesh region called the Braj. With the music on, you might think it is a story told through the dance moves. But yes, you are not wrong! It tells the tale of how the Gopis of Vrindavan heard the Krishna’s whistles and music from miles away. The beautiful sounds attracted him to go against the rules, run away from home and dance till dark with the Krishna. Nowadays, the dance is famous and well-known for the performances at Indian festivals and celebrations. During the performance, men are obliged to wear yellow dhoti and put a lot of shiny jewelry all over their bodies. However, women are wearing simple Gagra choli (a long skirt with a blouse). Also, the dance happens in large halls and gardens with expensive decorations.