Chari Dance

Chari is a dance form with effortless hand and foot movements while balancing brass pots kept on the heads of the dancers. In such a state, the dancers perform several flexible and graceful movements of the body.

 

This traditional dance form requires lots of skill and patience. This is performed on merry occasions, like marriage or birth of a child etc. in the state of Rajasthan.

Kachchi Ghodi

Kachhi Ghodi is one of the most famous dance forms in Rajasthan and an exemplary folk art form. It brings out the vivid hues and the rustic charms of rural life in Rajasthan. This dummy horse dance, originated from the bandit regions of Shekhawati. On the ballad song, the dancers riding on fake horses use mock fight to dramatize the scenes of the exploits of the bandit. Brandishing of swords and pirouetting to the beats of drums holds the attention of viewers. The dancers are elaborately dressed, and so are the dummy horses. The dance has mock fights, swinging of swords and elegant body movement to the music of flutes and drums.

 

The primary motive of this dance performance is the amusement of the bridegroom's party. Kacchi Godi of Rajasthan is a famous folk dance full of zeal,zest and colors.

 

This dance form is generally performed on joyous occasions.

Ghoomar Dance

The famous Ghoomar, Rajasthan's popular folk dance gets its name from pirouetting which, displays the spectacular colors of the flowing 'ghaghara', the long skirt of the Rajasthani women. There is an amazing grace as the skirt flairs slowly while the women folk twirl in circles, their faces covered with the help of the veil. Their measured steps and various graceful inclinations of body are in perfect harmony.

 

Traditionally, the women from all age groups participate in Ghoomar dance. At times this dance may continue for hours or the whole night. While dancing, the dancers move in a circular direction with clockwise and anti-clockwise steps. The performers sometimes unite their hands and even clap their hand in-between. The performers move gracefully on the beat of the songs in synchronizing steps. As the tempo of the dance increases, the dancers swirl fleetly.

 

The Ghoomar dance is the characteristic dance of the Bhils and a community dance of the Rajputs, also which only the women traditionally perform. It is considered as one of the traditional rituals among this community. So, on the occasion of marriage, a bride is expected to dance Ghoomar after being welcomed at her husband’s home.

Dandiya Dance

One of the simple dance performances, it is generally performed by a group of men and women who move in circles to measure the steps and mark the time by sticks which are called Dandiya. Though this dance started in Gujrat, now it is popular across the nation during Navratris.

 

This dance form was originally performed in honor of Goddess Durga. This actually represents the fight between the demon Mahishashura and Goddess Durga. The sticks of Dandiya represent the sword of Durga. According to the legends it was Goddess Durga who killed Mahishashura after a strong battle. The Dandiya dance seems to represent that age old battle of good and evil but in a more graceful and rhythmic manner. Both men and women wear ethnic dress while performing this dance.

Bhawai Dance

It is one of the nail biting, suspenseful and spectacular dances of the state of Rajasthan in which the women dancers with veils balance up to seven or nine brass pitchers over their head as they dance gracefully, swaying with the soles of their feet settled on the top of a glass or on the rim of the sword.

 

The womenfolk of these tribes are used to such balancing precision due to their endeavor in the parched desert areas.

 

A number of such urns and pots are easily carried across a distance in this fashion by the Rajasthani women who transport water from the wells to their homes.

 

The accompaniment to the dance is provided by the male performers singing melodious songs and playing a number of musical instruments which include pakhwaja, dholak, jhanjhar, sarangi and harmonium.

 

Performed with great skill, it consists of veiled women dancers balancing up to seven or nine brass pitchers as they dance nimbly, pirouetting, and then swaying with the soles of their feet perched on top of a glass, or on the edge of a sword.

 

Believed to have originated in the neighboring state of Gujarat, Bhawai was soon picked up and adapted by the local tribal men and women who added to the dance a distinctive Rajasthani essence.

 

This genre of dance is performed by the female performers belonging to the Jat, Bhil, Raigar, Meena, Kumhar and Kalbelia communities of Rajasthan.

Fire Show

This is an extremely difficult dance to perform which is carried out by the Banjara community. The dance involves jaw-dropping fire stunts wherein the dancers perform by holding fire rods in their hands and filling up their mouths with kerosene. The fire rods are also moved on their heads and legs by the dancers.

Puppet Show

Puppet Shows are one of the popular sources of entertainment in the state. The art of puppetry is practiced by a community of agricultural laborers of Rajasthan. Known as the Bhats, these people have been associated with Rajasthani string puppetry to carry forward their traditional occupation.

 

In this program puppeteers show puppetry & narrate the story. In the performance, the puppeteer makes use of various sound effects to achieve the reality impact. The puppeteer shows all his skills to make puppets dance on his tunes. Throughout the show, there is hooting and whistling by the puppeteers.