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List of Folk Dances of Different States in India

India is a land of diverse cultures and traditions. Folk art is the common possession of a group of people or a particular locality. The identity of the originators is forgotten, but the style is preserved down the ages. Let us have a look at the folk dances of India!
Created On: Sep 20, 2021 13:33 IST
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Lists of States and Folk Dances of India
Lists of States and Folk Dances of India

India is a land of diverse cultures and traditions. Basically, Indian folk and tribal dances are simple and are performed to express joy during arrival of seasons, birth of a child, wedding and festivals. Folk art is the common possession of a group of people or a particular locality. The identity of the originators is forgotten, but the style is preserved down the ages.

On most occasions dancers sing themselves, accompanied by artists with instruments. Each form of Folk Dance has a specific costume & rhythm and some costumes are very colourful with extensive jewels and designs. Here is the List of various State and folk dances which help in various examinations like UPSC, State PSC, SSC, Bank Exams etc.

Indian States and Folk Dances

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 or Bohada.

Odisha

Odissi (Classical), Savari, Ghumara, Painka, Munari, Chhau.

West Bengal

Kathi, Gambhira, Dhali, Jatra, Baul, Marasia, Mahal, Keertan.

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.

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