List of Different States and their Folk Dances in India


Dance is an important activity that showcases the rich cultural heritage of a state. In India, dance forms are categorised as Classical Dances and Folk Dances.

Folk dances are usually performed for entertainment at various festivals and social occasions like marriage or get-togethers. Folk dances showcase the local culture and the beliefs of people living in a particular region.

This list is very important for exams like State PCS, SSC CGL, SSC CHSL, CDS, UPSC CSE, etc.

List of Indian States and Folk Dances

State/UT

Folk Dances

Folk Dances of Andhra Pradesh

Veeranatyam, Dappu, Tappeta Gullu, Vilasini Natyam, Bhamakalpam, Lambadi, Dhimsa, Kolattam, Butta Bommalu.

Folk Dances of Arunachal Pradesh

Wancho, Khampti, Daminda, Bardo Chham, Ponung, Rikhampada, Lion and peacock Dance

Folk Dances of Assam

Bihu, Bagurumba, Jhumair (also performed in Bangladesh), Natpuja, Bhortal dance

Folk Dances of Bihar

Bideshiya (dance-drama), Domkach , Phagua, Jat-Jatin, Jhijhian, Jhumri, Kajari, Painki, Sohar

Folk Dances of Chhattisgarh

Raut Nacha, Saila Dance, Karma dance, Sua Nacha, Pandavani, Panthi, Jhirliti, Gendi, Rahas, Gaur dance, Muria dance

Folk Dances of Goa

Fugadi, Dekhni, Dhalo, Mussal Khel, Shigmo, Ghode Modni, Samayi nrutya, Ranmale, Gonph/Goff, Tonya Mel, Romat

Folk Dances of Gujarat

Garba, Gagari, Ghodakhund, Dandiya Raas, Siddi Dhamal, Tippani, Matukadi, Padhar, Aagaw, Hudo 

Folk Dances of Haryana

Ragini, Ras Leela, Gogaji and Gugga/Gogga dance, Jhoomar/Jhumar, Sawan, Teej, Been, Kissa, Saang,

Folk Dances of Himachal Pradesh

Nati, Channak Chham Dance, Chhapeli, Mahasu, Dangi, Dandras, Demon dance, Shaand, Shaabu

Folk Dances of Jammu and Kashmir

Neyopa, Bacha Nagma, Dumhal, Rauf, Hikat, Kud dance, Dogri Bhangra

Folk Dances of Jharkhand

Jhumair, Domkach, Jhumar, Mardana Jhumair (Nagpuri folk dance), Janani Jhumair (Nagpuri Folk dance), Lahasua, Fagua, Paika (martial dance), Chhau dance, Santhali dance, Mundari dance

Folk Dances of Karnataka

Bedara Vesha, Dollu Kunitha, Veeragase, Hulivesha, Kolata, Yakshgana

Folk Dances of Kerala

Thirayattam, Theyyam, Chakyar Koothu, Duffmuttu, Margamkali, Oppana, Padayani, Thitambu Nritham, Ottan Thullal

Folk Dances of Lakshadweep

Lava, Kolkali, Parichakali

Folk Dances of Madhya Pradesh

Grida, Maanch, Matki dance, Phulpati dance, Tertali, Jawara, Aada, Khada Nach, Selalarki, Selabhadoni

Folk Dances of Maharashtra

Lavani, Lezim, Koli dance, Tarpha or Pavri Nach

Folk Dances of Meghalaya

Derogata, Shad suk mynsiem, Shad nongkrem, Do dru Sua, Laho, Wangala

Folk Dances of Mizoram

Cheraw(Bamboo dance), Sarlamkai, Khuallam, Chailam, Sawlakin, Chawnglaizawn, Zangtalam, Par Lam, Tlanglam

Folk Dances of Nagaland

Chang Lo dance, Rangma, Bamboo Dance, Zeilang

Folk Dances of Odisha

Dalkhai (Western Odisha), Mayurbhanj Chau, Goti Pua, Bagha Naach, Dhap, Ghumra (Kalahandi folk dance), Karma Naach, Jhumair, Keisabadi, Laudi Khela

Folk Dances of Puducherry

Garadi

Folk Dances of Punjab

Bhangra, Giddha, Malwai Giddha, Kikkli

Folk Dances of Rajasthan

Dhamal, Ghoomar, Kalbelia, Kachchhi Ghodi, Tera Tali

Folk Dances of Sikkim

Maruni, Tamang Selo, Tashi Sabdo, Naumati, Zo-Mal-Lok

Folk Dances of Tamil Nadu

Parai Attam (Thappattam), Kummi, Kolattam, Karakattam (Karagam), Mayil Attam (Peacock dance), Paambhu attam (Snake Dance), Oyilattam, Puliyattam, Theru Koothu, Bommalattam

Folk Dances of Telangana

Perini Shivatandavam

Folk Dances of Tripura

Hojagiri

Folk Dances of Uttar Pradesh

Mayur Nritya ( Peacock Dance), Rasleela, Charkula dance, Jhora, Jaita, Khyal

Folk Dances of Uttarakhand

Chholiya dance, Garhwali, Kumayuni, Kajari, Jhora, Chappeli, Hurka Baul, Langvir Nritya

Folk Dances of West Bengal

Purulia Chau, Domni, Jhumair, Jatra

 

Bihu: Bihu is a folk dance from Assam performed in groups with quick steps and fast hand movements with colorful costumes having red color as main theme. The dance celebrates the fertility of humans and nature.

Bihu Dance

Fig.1: Bihu Dance

Raut Nacha: This folk dance from Chattisgarh marks worship of Krishna and strongly resembles Krishna's Raas Leela. It is performed on the occasion of Dev Udhni Ekadashi.

Garba: It is usually performed by women in Gujarat in which they move in a circular pattern and clap in rhythm. It is generally performed during Navratri. This folk dance has become famous in other countries as well like USA.

Garba Dance

Fig.2: Garba Dance

Jhumar/Jhoomar: This a folk dance from Haryana in which young girls wear jhumar on their forehead and dance in a circle. This dance is also called Gidda of Haryana.

Nati: This folk dance from Himachal Pradesh is recorded as the largest folk dance in Guinness Book of World Records.This dance is also famous in Chandigarh and jounsari community in Uttarakhand.

Nati dance

Fig.3: Nati Dance

Maanch: This is a very famous folk dance of Madhya Pradesh. "Maanch" means the place or stage of performance. It is performed in a way similar to operatic ballet.

Lavani: It is a folk dance of Maharashtra complemented by song. It is performed on the beats of Dholki. Lavani has helped in the evolution of Marathi folk theatre.

Lavani Dance

Fig.4: Lavani Dance

Giddha: It is a folk dance from Punjab performed by women in which they clap in rhythm and sing traditional folk songs.  This dance is based on ancient ring dance of Punjab and creatively show feminine grace and elegance.

Ghoomar: This is folk dance of Rajasthan that was performed by the Bhil tribe to worship Goddess Saraswati. This dance is performed at various festivals. Govardan Kumari is known for her efforts to promote this dance and was given Padma Shri for her contribution to arts.

Rasleela: Rasleela is the most famous form of folk dance from Uttar Pradesh. It is performed during Krishna Janmashtami and Holi and among Gaudiya Vaishnavism followers in Uttar Pradesh. It is based on the stories of Lord Krishna.

Rasleela Dance

Fig.5: Rasleela Dance

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Statewise List of folk dances

What is the folk dance of Puducherry?

What are the folk dances of Lakshadweep?

What are the folk dances of Lakshadweep?

Lava, Kolkali and Parichakali are the famous folk dances of Lakshadweep.

Ghoomar is a folk dance of which state in India?

Ghoomar is a folk dance of Rajasthan.

What are the important folk dances of Uttar Pradesh?

Mayur Nritya (Peacock Dance), Rasleela, Charkula dance, Khyal are some of the important folk dances of Uttar Pradesh.

Which is the famous folk dance of Maharashtra that is performed on the beats of Dholki?

Lavani is a famous folk dance of Maharashtra that is performed on the beats of Dholki.

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