India is known for its rich cultural heritage, from the magnificence of folk art to immaculate forms of dances celebrating diversity. The folk dances of India are much more than mere body movements, from the very ancient times the classical dance forms of India is considered as a discipline and a way to devote yourself to God through art. Each of them has enfolded an entrenched history and culture within itself.
Indian folk and tribal dances are performed to express joy and happiness by the people among themselves. They are performed for every possible occasion, to celebrate the birth of a child, a wedding and festivals. Folk dances are also performed on occasions such as rites of passage and to celebrate the arrival of seasons.
So today, let’s dive into the priceless treasure trove of Indian folk dances which manifest the captivating culture of the country in the form of melodic tunes and moves. Following is our attempt at mapping some popular folk and tribal dances of India.
~ Written and compiled by Khushi Daryani and Siya Prasad