List of Folk Dances from Indian States [Updated]

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India is a land of diverse cultures and languages. It has various dance forms. Talking specifically about Indian folk dance, it is a dance that is performed to express joy and happiness. Folk dance is performed on various occasions. It is celebrated in the arrival of seasons, in the birth of a child, in weddings, festivals along with several small occasions. The dances are extremely simple with minimum steps or movement. It is performed by men and women in which they dance together.

List of folk dances in India is one of the important topics useful for SSC CGL, SSC CHSL, and Railways. Questions of 1 to 2 marks from this topic can be asked in the exam. Try to make notes of this topic and keep revising in on a weekly basis. Following is the list of Folk Dances in India.

List of Folk Dances in India

State of Origin Dance Form
Andhra Pradesh Kuchipudi, Vilasini Natyam, Andhra Natyam, Bhamakalpam, Veeranatyam, Dappu, Tappeta Gullu, Lambadi, Dhimsa, Kolattam, Butta Bommalu.
Arunachal Pradesh Bardo Chham
Assam Sattriya, Bihu, Bichhua, Natpuja, Maharas, Kaligopal, Bagurumba, Naga dance, Khel Gopal, Tabal Chongli, Canoe, Jhumura Hobjanai
Bihar Bidesia, Jata-Jatin, Bakho-Bakhain, Panwariya
Chhattisgarh Panthi, Gaur Maria, Raut Nacha, Pandwani, Vedamati, 
Goa Hanpeth, Gauda Jagar, Ranmale, Fugadi, Ghode Modni, Lamp Dance, Musal Dance, Dhangar Dance, Dekhni, Dhalo, Talgadi, Goff, Tonya Mel, Mando, Kunbi Dance, Suvari, Dasarawadan, Virabhadra
Gujarat Dandiya Raas, Garba Raas, Ras Dance, Bhavai
Haryana Loor Dance, Gugga Dance, Saang Dance, Chhathi Dance, Khoria Dance, Dhamal Dance, Ghoomar Dance, Jhumar Dance.
Himachal Pradesh Mala (Garland) Dance, Demon (Rakshasa) Dance, Keekali, Bhangara
Jammu and Kashmir Dumhal Dance, Rauf, Hikat, Mandjas, Kud Dandi Nach
Jharkhand Chhau Dance, Alkap, Karma Munda, Agni, Jhumar, Janani Jhumar, Mardana Jhumar, Paika, Phagua
Karnataka Bharatanatyam, Kunitha
Kerela Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Mohiniyattam
Madhya Pradesh Karma, Jawara, Tertali, Lehangi, Ahiri Dance, Muria Dances, Gaur Dance
Maharashtra Lavani, Dhangari Gaja, Koli Dance, Pavri Nach 
Manipur Manipuri Raas Leela
Meghalaya Nongkrem, Ka Shad Suk Mynsiem
Mizoram Khuallam, Cheraw, Chailam, Zangtalam, Bamboo Dance
Nagaland Naga Dance
Odisha Chhau, Odissi, Ghumura
Punjab Sammi, Giddha, Jaago, Kikli, Luddi, Malwai Giddha, Jhumar, Bhangra, Karthi, Jindua, Dandass.
Rajasthan Ghoomar, Kalbelia, Chari, Kacchi-Ghodi
Sikkim Lu Khangthamo, Rechungma, Maruni, Tamang Selo,
Tamil Nadu Bharatanatyam, Bagavatha Nadanam, Chakkai Attam, Devaraattam
Telangana Perini Thandavam, Dappu, Lambadi
Tripura Goria, Huk Kaimani, Lebang Bumani, Hojagiri
Uttar Pradesh Kathak, Charkula
Uttarakhand Barada Nati, Bhotiya, Chancheri, Chhapeil
West Bengal Chhau, Brita, Kirtan, Gambhira, Santhal, Tusu
Andaman and Nicobar Island Nicobarese Dance
Dadra and Nagar Haveli Tarpa Dance
Lakshadweep Kolkali, Parichakkali, Attam,
Puducherry Garadi

Interesting trivia

  1. There are 8 classical dance forms recognized by the Ministry of Culture. They are: Bharatanatyam (Tamil Nadu), Kathak (Uttar Pradesh), Kathakali (Kerala), Kuchipudi (Andhra Pradesh), Odissi (Odisha), Sattriya (Assam), Manipuri (Manipur) and Mohiniyattam (Kerala).
  2. Kathakali is a dance drama that depicts scenes from the lives of Lord Rama and Krishna.
  3. Chauu dance from Odissa is a martial dance form.
  4. The foundational treatise for classical dances of India, the Natya Shastra was composed by Bharadha Muni.
  5. Shiva, as Nataraja, is the Indian Lord of Dance.
  6. Uday Shankar is known as the Father of Modern Indian Dance.

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