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TRADITIONAL FOLK DANCES OF CHHATTISGARH WHICH WILL LEAVE YOU SPELLBOUND.

With the beauty of complex footwork to astonishing drum beats the tribal dances are just wonderful to watch. This fascinating tribal dances of Chhattisgarh are too enjoyable and are a must watch.

POPULAR DANCE FORMS OF CHHATTISGARH

1. KARMA

It is pretty much done in all the functions from festivals to weddings. It is an easy stepwise dance,and does not contain any lifts.

 

2. RAUT NACHA

It is a religious dance form,performed at the time of Diwali. All the artists are the same dressed, representing the value of their region to the viewers.

 

3. SUA NACHA

It is a typical type of dance important to loyalty. Famously known as parrot move. The performers sing and move around applauding.

It is usually called a Parrot dance and is performed during the occasion of Goura Marriage! It is a typical type of movement identified with love. The entertainers sing and move around, accompanied by loud forms of clapping.

 

4. PANDAVANI

It is the dark horse of Chhattisgarh Folk Dance! It portrays the account of Pandavas – the main characters of an epic battle. Teejan Bai of Chhattisgarh is one of the most famous Pandvani performers, she has got various awards like Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan etc.

 

5. PANTHI DANCE

Panthi Dance is one of the most important forms of folk dance in this region. A prominent ritual of the Satnami community of Chhattisgarh. The community celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Ghasidas on Maghi Purnima. The rich cultural heritage and traditional legacies of the tribal groups of the Durg region is clearly depicted through this dance form. The dance combines a variety of steps and patterns and usually denotes the teachings and sayings of their holy teacher.

 

6. JHIRLITI

A lesser known dance form, it’s tough to categorize it as a set dance form due to lack of a fixed pattern.

 

A Halloween like ritual, it is played by the kids in the Bastar region. As the sun sets in, the kids are all dressed up in rags and worn out costumes. Their faces become nothing less than a canvas with chalk, coal and powdered rangoli smeared over it. They dance around in circles in front of all the houses in the village after which they are given ration as a sign of gratitude for the dance and yes, there is a celebration by the kids with the same items collected! Its true impact can only be seen to be experienced!

 

7. GENDI

Of all the dance forms, this one is pure fun. The dancers are mounted on two long bamboo or just any firm sticks and maneuver through the crowd of other Gendi (sticks) ridden dancers. Thumping on the ground, maintaining excellent balance as they sway to the tribal acoustics and percussion – this is one amazing folk dance which has managed to keep it’s tradition alive.

 

Dance, like they say, is the expression of  the human spirit.

 

The same form of expression is in full display in Chhattisgarh and is evident from the rich cultural heritage of the state!

Written by Reincarnating Raipur

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