Indian Folk Dance and Tribal Dance – IAS Notes Arts & Culture

Indian Folk dance and tribal dance are performed at every possible occasion to celebrate the birth of child, wedding, festival etc. It performed to express joy and happiness. Both men and women perform some dances together while some dances are performed exclusively. Each dance has its own specialty like costumes, makeup, songs, instruments, dance step etc.

Check the state wise list of Indian folk and traditional dance below

Assam – Indian folk dance and tribal dance

  • Satriya (Classical Dance form) – Know More
  • Bihu
  • Natpuja
  • Bhortal Dance
  • bagurumba
  • Maharas
  • Kaligopal
  • Naga Dance
  • Jhumura
  • Khel Gopal
  • Bichhua

Sikkim – Indian folk dance and tribal dance

  • Singhi Chaam (Mask Dance)

Mizoram – Indian folk dance and tribal dance

  • Cheraw Dance
  • Khanatm
  • Pakhupila

Arunachal Pradesh – Indian folk dance and tribal dance

  • Mask Dance (Mukhauta Nritya)
  • War Dance
  • Bardo Chaam

Nagaland – Indian folk dance and tribal dance

  • Chang Lo (Sua Lua)

Meghalaya – Indian folk dance and tribal dance

  • Shad Sukmysiem
  • Laho
  • Baagla
  • Derogata
  • Do Dru Dua

Tripura – Indian folk dance and tribal dance

  • Hojagiri by Reang Community

Manipur – Indian folk dance and tribal dance

  • Manipuri (Classical Dance Form) – Know More
  • Sankirtana (UNESCO ICH – 2013) – Know More
  • Dhol Cholam
  • Rakhal
  • Nat Rash
  • Maha Rash
  • Raukhat
  • Manipuri Raasleela
  • Pung Cholam
  • Nupa

Jammu Kashmir – Indian folk dance and tribal dance

  • Rauf
  • Hikat
  • Damali
  • Kud Dandi

Himachal Pradesh – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Nati
  • Dhaman
  • Dangi
  • Chamba
  • Thali
  • Jhainta
  • Daf
  • Stick Dance
  • Jhora
  • Jhali
  • Chhapeli
  • Chharhi

Uttarakhand – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Kajri
  • Jhora
  • Raslila
  • Chhapeli
  • Gadhwali
  • Kumayuni

See Also: Indian Theater Form – Arts & Culture Notes

See Also: UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity List  – India

Punjab – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Bhangra
  • Giddha
  • Daff
  • Dhaman

Haryana – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Gagor
  • Khor
  • Daph
  • Dhamal
  • Jhumar
  • Phag Dance
  • Loor

Rajasthan – Indian folk dance and tribal dance

  • Ghumar
  • Gangor
  • Kalbelia (UNESCO ICH – 2010)
  • Tera Tali
  • Jhulan Leela
  • Ghapal
  • Panihari
  • Chakri

Gujarat – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Garba
  • Dandiya Ras
  • Bhavai
  • Tippani

Uttar Pradesh – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Raslila
  • Nautanki
  • Mayur Nritya (Peacock Dance)
  • Charukala
  • Kajri
  • Jaita
  • Chhapeli
  • Jhora

Madhya Pradesh – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Matki Dance
  • Maanch
  • Tertali

Chhattisgarh – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Karma
  • Jhumar
  • Tapali
  • Mundari
  • Navrani
  • Pali
  • Goudi

Bihar – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Jat-Jatin
  • Panwariya
  • Bodesia
  • Jatra
  • Bakho-Bakhain

Jharkhand – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Sarahul
  • Chhau (UNESCO ICH – 2010)
  • Karma
  • Danga
  • Jat-Jatin
  • Sohrai
  • Bidesia

West Bengal – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Dhali
  • Jatra
  • Baul
  • Mahal
  • Keetan
  • Kathi

Orissa – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Odissi (Classical Dance form) – Know more
  • Gotipua
  • Baagh Naach (Tiger Dance)
  • Dhap
  • Dalkhai
  • Ghumara
  • Painka
  • Chhau (UNESCO ICH – 2010) – Know More
  • Karma
  • Savari

Maharashtra – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Tamasha
  • Lavani
  • Powara
  • Koli
  • Nakata
  • Dahikala Dasavtar (Bohada)
  • Mauni

Puducherry – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Garadi

Goa – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Khol
  • Dakni
  • Mandi
  • Jhagor

Andhra Pradesh & Telangana – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Kuchipudi (Classical Dance Form) – Know more
  • Mohiniattam
  • Chhadi
  • Kummi
  • Sidhi Madhuri

Karnataka – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Yakshagana
  • Karga
  • Lambi
  • Kunitha
  • Huttari

Kerala – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Kathakali (Classical Dance form) – Know more
  • Ottam Thulal
  • Mohiniattam (Classical Dance form) – Know more
  • Kaliattum
  • Tappatikali
  • Oppana
  • Padayani
  • Theyyam
  • Thirayattam
  • Kaikottikali

Tamilnadu – Indian folk and tribal dance

  • Bharatnatyam (Classical Dance Form) – Know more
  • Kolattam
  • Mayil Attam (Peacock Dance)
  • Paampu Attam (Snake Dance)
  • Oyil Attam
  • Karagattam
  • Puliyattam
  • Kavadi
  • Kumi

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