What is the folk dance of Rajasthan

DESERT MUSIC

If you're a guest in one of the larger hotels in the west of Rajasthan then there will definitely be a music and dance program in the evening. Usually the musicians give everything to entertain the guests. Unfortunately, traditional hands-on activities are not part of that either, in which one can make a monkey out of a dancer in front of an audience. Because as a guest you won't get such smooth movements and quick turns as with the professionals.

Unfortunately, most travelers are not interested in the performance at all, especially with groups, a certain lack of interest occurs at the latest at the third hotel on the tour. Because in the end the program is the same everywhere: a music group plays and there are 2-3 dancers who turn around themselves in colorful robes and offer some acrobatic performances. Nevertheless, the music is very fascinating and it is worthwhile to take a closer look at it.

So there is Ghoomar Dance in which the dancers turn in circles with elegant movements so that the Ghagra, a kind of long skirt that swirls around the legs. You turn clockwise as well as against him. There are more dances here.

Another form of dance is that Chari Dance in which the dancer balances a pot with a lit lamp on her head. It is particularly popular in the region Kishangarh, but is also modified and copied in other regions. The Bhavai Dance is one of the most spectacular dances. Here the women dance with up to seven or nine brass jugs on their heads. We've already seen that in real life. During demonstrations in hotels, as shown in the pictures, paper mache pots glued together are often worn on the head. Still, it is a great art to balance these with the dance moves.

Music and dance play an important role in the life of the people of Rajasthan. After the hot days you can enjoy the cool silence of the desert together and meet up to soulful music and rhythmic dance. Some clans have specialized in making music for centuries, it is their only source of income.

Traditionally, these are families of the Bhats, Dholis, Nats, Langa, Mangania or Bhaands. They sing and dance at family celebrations, births, weddings or other festivities. The communities pay them cash, give them food and shelter, or share their agricultural products with them. They are obliged to pay and these socially established rules have made it possible that this tradition has survived for at least 5 centuries and could be continued. The dance styles, music and musical instruments also differ from region to region; there is an incredibly rich variety Rajasthani Music.

The desert Thar is considered by all gypsies to be their origin, their cradle, be it the English Gypsies, Hungarian gypsies, the Spanish Gitanos or the Germans Sinti and Roma. Out Rajasthan come the Dhoad Gypsies as ambassadors of their traditional music and dances, which their ancestors once performed in the palaces of the rich maharajas and who carried their tradition out into the world.

The images on this page are from the excellent group im Gajner Palace Hotel southwest of Bikaner occured. You can find more photos of similar performances on the pages Kuchaman Fort, Fort Khimsar, Surajgarh Fort or Royal Camp see.

Who made the traditional music of the shepherds Rajasthan would like to listen to the young man playing in the picture on the right, follow the link to the desert dinner page. And be sure to check out the video "Banjaras - Sand, Sensuality and Color" below!

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