Folk Dances of India

There are two major dance forms in India: classical and folk dance. The major difference between the two is their origin. Folk dance is a dance form that was emerged from the local traditions of the respective states, geographic religions, and their ethnic culture. Folk dances have evolved over the years and have brought uniqueness and novelty to the Indian culture. In this article, we will be looking at the list of state-wise folk dance forms.

Folk Dances of India: State-Wise

Below is the list of State-Wise Folk Dance forms in India. In various banking exams, several direct questions are asked on Folk Dance Forms and their origins (State).

State Folk Dances
Andhra Pradesh
  • Kuchipudi,
  • Vilasini Natyam,
  • Andhra Natyam,
  • Bhamakalpam,
  • Veeranatyam,
  • Dappu,
  • Tappeta Gullu,
  • Lambadi,
  •  Dhimsa,
  • Kolattam,
  • Butta Bommalu.
Assam
  • Bihu,
  • Bichhua,
  • Natpuja,
  • Maharas,
  • Kaligopal,
  • Bagurumba,
  • Naga dance,
  • Khel Gopal,
  • Tabal Chongli,
  • Canoe,
  •  Jhumura Hobjanai
Bihar
  • Jata-Jatin,
  • Bakho-Bakhain,
  • Panwariya,
  • Sama Chakwa,
  •  Bidesia.
Gujarat
  • Garba,
  •  Dandiya Ras,
  • Tippani Juriun,
  • Bhavai.
Haryana
  • Jhumar,
  • Phag,
  • Daph,
  • Dhamal,
  • Loor,
  • Gugga,
  • Khor,
  • Gagor.
Himachal Pradesh
  • Jhora,
  • Jhali,
  • Chharhi,
  • Dhaman,
  •  Chhapeli,
  • Mahasu,
  • Nati,
  • Dangi.
Jammu and Kashmir
  • Rauf,
  • Hikat,
  • Mandjas,
  • Kud Dandi Nach
  • Damali.
Karnataka
  • Yakshagan,
  • Huttari,
  • Suggi,
  • Kunitha,
  • Karga,
  • Lambi.
Kerala
  • Kathakali (Classical),
  • Ottam Thulal,
  • Mohiniattam,
  • Kaikottikali.
Maharashtra
  • Lavani,
  • Nakata,
  • Koli,
  • Lezim,
  • Gafa,
  • Dahikala Dasavtar
  • Bohada.
Odisha
  • Odissi (Classical),
  • Savari,
  • Ghumara,
  • Painka,
  • Munari,
  • Chhau.
West Bengal
  • Kathi,
  • Gambhira,
  • Dhali,
  • Jatra,
  • Baul,
  • Marasia,
  • Mahal,
Punjab
  • Bhangra,
  • Giddha,
  • Daff,
  • Dhaman,
  • Bhand,
  •  Naqual.
Rajasthan
  • Ghumar,
  • Chakri,
  • Ganagor,
  •  Jhulan Leela,
  • Jhuma,
  • Suisini,
  • Ghapal,
  • Kalbeliya.
Tamil Nadu
  • Bharatanatyam,
  • Kumi,
  • Kolattam,
  • Kavadi.
Uttar Pradesh
  • Nautanki,
  • Raslila,
  • Kajri,
  • Jhora,
  • Chappeli,
  • Jaita.
Uttarakhand
  • Garhwali,
  • Kumayuni,
  • Kajari,
  • Jhora,
  • Raslila,
  • Chappeli.
Goa
  • Tarangamel,
  • Koli,
  • Dekhni,
  • Fugdi,
  • Shigmo,
  • Ghode,
  • Modni,
  • Samayi nrutya,
  • Jagar,
  • Ranmale,
  • Gonph,
  • Tonnya mell.
Madhya Pradesh
  • Jawara,
  • Matki,
  • Aada,
  • Khada Nach,
  • Phulpati,
  • Grida Dance,
  • Selalarki,
  • Selabhadoni,
  • Maanch.
Chhattisgarh
  • Gaur Maria,
  • Panthi,
  • Raut Nacha,
  • Pandwani,
  • Vedamati,
  • Kapalik,
  • Bharthari Charit,
  • Chandaini.
Jharkhand
  • Alkap,
  • Karma Munda,
  • Agni,
  • Jhumar,
  • Janani Jhumar,
  • Mardana Jhumar,
  • Paika, Phagua,
  • Hunta Dance,
  • Mundari Dance,
  • Sarhul, Barao,
  • Jhitka,
  • Danga,
  • Domkach,
  • Ghora Naach.
Arunachal Pradesh
  • Buiya,
  • Chalo,
  • Wancho,
  • Pasi Kongki,
  • Ponung,
  • Popir,
  •  Bardo Chham.
Manipur
  • Dol Cholam,
  • Thang Ta,
  • Lai Haraoba,
  • Pung Cholom,
  • Khamba Thaibi,
  • Nupa Dance,
  • Raslila, 
  • Khubak Ishei,
  •  Lhou Sha.
Meghalaya
  • Ka Shad Suk Mynsiem,
  • Nongkrem,
  • Laho.
Mizoram
  • Cheraw Dance,
  • Khuallam,
  • Chailam,
  • Sawlakin,
  • Chawnglaizawn,
  • Zangtalam,
  • Par Lam,
  • Sarlamkai/ Solakia,
  • Tlanglam.
Nagaland
  • Rangma,
  • Bamboo Dance,
  • Zeliang,
  • Nsuirolians,
  • Gethinglim,
  • Temangnetin,
  • Hetaleulee.
Tripura
  • Hojagiri.
Sikkim
  • Chu Faat Dance,
  • Sikmari,
  • Singhi Chaam or the Snow Lion Dance,
  • Yak Chaam,
  • Denzong Gnenha,
  • Tashi Yangku Dance,
  • Khukuri Naach,
  • Chutkey Naach,
  • Maruni Dance.
Lakshadweep
  • Lava,
  • Kolkali,
  • Parichakali.

These were some forms of Folk Dances in India that are performed both by me and women.

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