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The beautiful state of Gujarat is also immensely popular as the “Land of festivals”. This is because of the fact that this state celebrates a huge collection of festivals and each and every festival looks like a great show. People from this state perform some really traditional dances which are based on their traditions and rich culture. There are various dance forms from this state which are popular across the globe, hope you heard of Garba and Dandiya. Some of these folk dance forms are an age old. So here I bring for you today 5 popular traditional Folk Dances from the land of Gujarat.

5 Popular Folk Dance From Gujarat

Tippani photoPhoto by Rotary Club of Nagpur

1. Bhavai

This fold dance gets its name for the Sanskrit word “Bhava” which typically means feelings or emotions. This is a very unique dance form which last for the entire night and goes on continuously without any stage equipment, interesting isn’t it? I wonder how people manage to perform entire night. Bhavai includes some really critical issues from the social life and portrays it in a very ironic way. One interesting fact about Bhavai is that only male performers carry out the entire performance, even the female roles are done by them. Bhavai is believed to be originated from Asait, who was a Brahmin from the north part of Gujarat. This dance form doesn’t need any special stage set up as it is performed in an open ground.

2. Garba

“Garbha” and “Deep”in Sanskrit means Womb and Lamp, yes these two word influence the same of this dance form popularly known as “Garba”. This traditional dance form Garba is actually performed around a Goddess Shakti or a central lamp. Garba is another complicated dance to do, the circular & spiral movements matched with the perfect sync of hands and legs looks absolutely heavenly. Garba is very popular during the Navratri and is performed in huge groups. This dance form actually represent that the only thing constant is Goddess Shakti and also the life-cycle, from birth to death. The colourful costumes worn by the men and women while performing Garba adds a beautiful charm to the dance.


navratri Dance photoPhoto by Rotary Club of Nagpur

3. Dandiya

Well this dance form doesn’t really need any formal introduction. Despite of being unique to the state of Gujarat, this dance form is celebrated all across the country. This folk dance form is a unique mock representation of the fight between Goddess Durga and Mahishasura (the enormous demon-king). I feel this is one of the most complicated dance forms and needs a lot of practice. The dancers performing Dandiya make really complicated moves with their arms and feet together. The typical dandiya dance is choreographed on the beats of the Dhol. Have you ever thought what the Dandiya sticks actually represent? Well these dandiya sticks are believed to be the swords of Goddess Durga. We have always seen Garba and Dandiya being done at the same time, but actually the Garba Dance is done before the Aarti (to Honour Goddess Durga) and Dandiya is done after that as reason of celebration.

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Other unique thing that almost all of us would have always noticed about this dance form is the beautiful traditional costumes worn by the men and women. These traditional and colourful costumes add a real charm to this dance form. Embroidered Ghagra and Choli of the women and those special turbans and kedias worn by the men takes this dance to just another level.

4. Padhar

One of the most prominent dance forms from the state of Gujarat. Padhar Community performs the Padhar dance from Gujarat. Want to know who these Padhar people are? Well these are followers of Hinduism who also worship Goddess Durga in her various forms. Padhar dance is a folk dance which is performed with utmost excitement and passion. The dancers actually indulge themselves and get lost in the music and dance and together they have a lot of fun.

Tippani photoPhoto by Kash_if

5. Tippani

Tippani is another unique folk dance from land of Gujarat. It basically originates from the Chorwad district. A beautiful and absolutely unique dance form, where the music is created by the dancers themselves. A typical Tippani dance sees women from seaside actually striking the floor with some sticks and singing along, the other women dance to the tipping sounds. The dancers produce beautiful music with “Thali”, isn’t that a simple musical equipment? Tippani symbolises the boredom of the seaside women whose men go on long trips to the ocean. Gujarat is known for the vigorous dance forms and Tippani is a perfect example of one such Folk Dance from this state. Tippani starts gradually and then a rapid increase is seen along with the dancers and the sticks striking the ground alternatively. This dance ends in a very unique manner, all women sit together in a row and then smack the floor really fast. All Gujarati Folk Dances have one thing unique to them and it is the costumes, Tippani dancers also wear this short coat which is known as “Kedia”, it has really tight sleeves.

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Isn’t this interesting? Most of us link Garba and Dandiya with Gujarat, but there are many more which can go into the bucket list of the traditional folk dance from Gujarat.

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Famous Folk Dance Forms From The “Land Of Festivals” Gujarat

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