Bollywood is the informal name given to
the popular Mumbai-based Hindi language
film industry in India. Bollywood Dancing
is one of the hottest dances around! It
is the foundation of every great Indian
Bollywood Film. The dances are a fusion
of traditional and classical indian dances
with the influence of some jazz, hip-hop
and modern dance. Timing and Rhythm, engery,
and sharp controlled expressive movements
are the important elements of Bollywood
Bhangra is the most widespread of Indian
folk dances worldwide, and has influenced
popular music and dance, including Bollywood
styles, more than any other folk dance.
In turn, Bhangra has been influenced by
fusion with genres like hip-hop. It was
originally performed only by men, but
these days women perform it too.
Performed by women, the Giddha combines
singing, dancing, and mimicry, to express
themes of daily life. The participants
form a circle in which a couple of dancers
come inside the circle to perform the
dance. The style of Giddha dance is simple,
but it is vigorous, not unlike Bhangra.
At the same time, the womens movements,
especially of the arms and hands, show
grace and flexibility.
The Ghoomar, derives its name from the
word ghoomna, meaning to spin. This is
a dance performed by women, with simple
but smooth movements, notably of the hips.
Their voluminous decorated skirts swirl
during their pirouettes, creating a graceful
and glittering effect. The dance moves
in a circular form, and goes both clockwise
Kathputli" mean puppet and Rajasthan
is famous for its puppet-playing tradition.
Dancers pretending to be string puppets
dance to folk beats as if a puppeteer
was the one making them dance. The puppeteer
uses ballads to narrate the stories. These
stories or tales of romance and chivalry
are told with movements of dancing puppets.
Rajasthani Folk Dancers balance brass
pots on their heads and create adroit
patterns with their hands. Thi sis a graceful
dance in which women make beautiful formations.
Dang means sticks, the dancers of Dang
Lila carry sticks in both hands, and strike
them in rhythm with the music. Both men
and women dance Dang Lila.This dance resembles
the Raas of Gujarat, but is performed
with longer sticks and the movements are
consequently slower than in the Raas.
Garba is essentially a womens dance,
but it is common for men to participate.
It is performed at many auspicious occasions
and social events. Dancers usually accompany
their movements with clapping, but sometimes
snap their fingers, or carry small cymbals
called manjeera that they strike.
Raas is danced by men and women, sometimes
together. The distinguishing feature of
the Raas is the short sticks carried by
the dancers, which they strike in rhythm.
It starts slowly, and builds in tempo
as it progresses, leading to an excited
finish. The performers stand in a circle
and take simple steps forward and backward,
striking their sticks together and striking
those of their neighbors.
Ghado means pot, and this vocational dance
is done by women carrying metal pots used
for holding water. The pots are carried
on the head or the hip, and during the
dance, they are also tossed between the
Lavani dance is performed by women only,
and has certain typical movements, like
holding the pallu (or end) of the sari
behind their heads and sliding it back
and forth, and moving of the hips. Lavani
comes from the state of Maharashtra.
Koli dance is prevalent in the coastal
regions of Maharashtra. This folk dance
portrays the community of fisher folk
who perform the dance. It is performed
by men and women, in pairs. Two rows of
dancers face each other, and move back
and forth imitating the tossing movements
of a boat on the ocean.
This a popular dance of the women of Kashmir.
The dancers form two rows facing each
other, and put their arms around the necks
or waists of their neighbors. The Rouf
is a very simple dance, winning its appeal
from the cheerful spirit of the dancers
and the melody of the songs.
This is one of the most famous dances
from Haryana. This dance takes its name
from jhumar, an ornament commonly worn
on the forehead by young married girls.
It is performed exclusively by women.
They form a circle and move gracefully,
accompanied by the beats of the drum.