Indian Dances: Classical And Folk Dances of India

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India is popularly known for its rich culture. Indian culture is a treasury of various dance forms includes classical dances and folk dances. Indian dances are famous worldwide and a lot of foreigners come to India to learn Indian dance styles. Kathakali is the major form of classical dance in India and it is originated from Kerala. Keep scrolling to know the Indian dances form.

Indian Dances (Classical Dances)

There are 8 types of classical dances in India which are recognized by Sangeet Natak Akademi and the Ministry of Culture. The Bharatnatyam is the oldest classical dance of India and an integral part of Indian Culture. Classical Dance is the best way to tell the story of ancient times through the dance. Here is the list of all classical dances of India along with the state.

StateDance
TamilnaduBharatanatyam
Uttar PradeshKathak
KeralaKathakali
Andhra PradeshKuchipudi
OdishaOdissi
AssamSatriya
ManipurManipuri
KeralaMohiniyattam

Folk Dances of India

Folk dances are traditional dances which are performed to express joy and happiness. This type of dances also explores the cultural activity of the landscape of India. In this article, we have provided a complete list of Indian dances (Folk) and categorized state-wise.

StateDance
Andhra PradeshKuchipudi, Ottam Thedal, Veedhi Natakam, Ghantamardala
AssamBihu, Bichhua, Natpuja, Kaligopal, Maharas, Bagurumba, Canoe, Khel Gopal, Jhumura Hobjanai
BiharJata-Jatin, Bakho-Bakhain, Sama-Chakwa, Bidesia, Panwariya
GujaratGarba, Dandiya Ras, Bhavai, Tippani Jurium
Haryana
Jhumar, Phag, Dhamal, Daph, Loor, Gugga, Khor, Gagor
Himachal PradeshJhora, chharhi, Jhali, Dhaman, Chhapeli, Mahasu, Nati, Dangia
Jammu and Kashmir
Rauf, Hikat, Mandjas, Kud Dandi Nach, Damali
KarnatakaYakshagan, Huttari, Suggi, Kunitha, Karga, Lambi
KeralaOttam Thulal, Kaikottikali
MaharashtraLavani, Nakata, Koli, Lezim, Dahikala Dasavtar or powada, Gafa
OdishaOdissi, Savari, Ghumara, Painka, Munari, Chhau
West BengalKathi, Gambhira, Dhali, Jatra. baul, Marasia, Mahal, Keertan
Punjab Bhangra, Giddha, Daff, Dhaman, Bhand, Naqual
RajasthanGhumar, Chakri, ganagor, Jhuma, Jhulan Leela, Suisini, Ghapal, Kalbeliya
TamilnaduKumi, Kolattam, Kavadi
Uttar PradeshNautanki, Raslila, Jhora, Kajri, chappeli, Jaita
UttarakhandGarhwali, Kumayuni, Kajari, Jhora, Raslila, Chappeli

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