Folk Dances in Uttar Pradesh


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In the state Uttar Pradesh, Dance is very essential part of their life. You will get to see their joyful life and enthusiasm in their performances with the expressive dance forms. Know more about famous folk dances in Uttarpradesh through

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Folk Dances in Uttar Pradesh

  2. 2. FOLK DANCES OF UTTAR PRADESHIn the state Uttar Pradesh, Dance is very essential part of their life.You will get to see their joyful life and enthusiasm in theirperformances with the expressive dance forms. The dance has itsorigin in the courts of Emperors and Nawabs but it has traversed a longpath to come to the masses. Uttar Pradesh has produced some of thegreatest exponents of this art form.
  4. 4. CHHOLIAThis folk dance form is belongs tothe Kumaon region which is atUttar Pradesh, and it is form ofmartial dance form. As per thetradition, this dance form waspresented by the warriors, on thewinning occasion. This danceform depicts the skills ofacrobatics by using the shieldsand swords. Chholia folk danceform consist dancing movementslike turns, whirls, twists andwhirls.
  5. 5. RASLILARaslila is a famous art form ofthe Braj region of UttarPradesh. The Braj regioncomprises areas in and aroundMathura.This is a ancientdance form, which belongs tothe period of Lord Krishna.Lord Krishna used to performthis dance form with his peergroup.
  6. 6.  The term ras refers to Krishnas joyous, circular dance with gopis andRadha. Lila means play: not merely literally, but also Gods playfulinteraction with humans and other earthly beings. The performance invariably opens with the jhanki (tableau) of Krishnaenthroned, with Radha seated beside him to the left. The other sakhis(friends) are seated to Krishnas right on the last few steps of a platform.Musicians and the singer pay their respects to the two central figures. This isfollowed by a series of dances (nitya ras).
  7. 7. CHARKULA.This is a traditional folk dance ofBraj, where a female dancer balancesa column of lighted lamps, deepikasover her head, while dancing. Thisvisually attractive, dramatic dance isperformed on the dooj of Holi, to theaccompaniment of rasiya songsrendered by the menfolk.
  8. 8. The charkula, a tapered woodencolumn with four to five circular tiershas earthern lamps on each level.The number of lamps can range from51 to 108 at times. The dancer, withher face vieled moves with swiftgraceful movements while balancingthe 40 to 50 kg charkula on herhead.
  9. 9. KHAYALKhyal is a folk play which invovesdance also. Khayal dance is the onlydance which is inherited fromdifferent themesThe Khyal plays aremajorly based on the interestingcontent, mythological andhistorical, sentiment, emotions andbrave deeds. In this act performance,they also use the festival music withthe help of harmonium, dholak,cymbals and drum. As always everyshow, clown is an internal factor.
  10. 10. NAQAALIt is a very broad dance form whichmanaged by the leader, who is calledas Khalifa.The clown determines theaction and pace through hiswitticism and antics. What makesthis play interesting is the fact thatthe all-male cast satirizes theaudience as well. Naqal is alsoknown as Naqqal and Nakkal .
  11. 11. RAMLILAThe Story of Rama is a genericterm, including all performancespertaining to the life of the epichero Rama, believed to be one ofthe incarnations of Lord Vishnu(the Preserver). The stories dealwith his exile from his kingdomat Ayodhya,his subsequent victoryover Ravan (the demon-king); theinteraction between Rama andSita (his wife, who accompaniedhim in his exile), and his brothersLakshmana, Shatrughan andBharat.
  12. 12. The festival of Dussehra celebrates Ramas destruction ofRavan: giant effigies are constructed, and the ten-headedRavan is shot down with burning arrows. This is onepopular occasion for a host of Ramlila performances.
  13. 13. SVANGA DANCESvanga has its origins in the lateeighteenth century. This folkform, is sourced in the ballads andsemi-historical stories. Festivalsand family occasions are reasonsfor a performance. An all-malecast will stage a play in the villageopen or in a patrons house. Thesimple costumes are contrastedwith fancy head dresses, and lotsof false hair. Dialogues dominatethe show, with songs occupying asecondary position.
  14. 14. NAUTANKIIt is a form of Svanga, and believed to be named after a popularplay Shahzadi Nautanki (The Story of Princess Nautanki).The plays maybe based on historical, mythological or folk stories, and are eithernarrated or enacted in the grandiose epic style. The performances aremarked by the strong singing and the beating of the nakkara drums.
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