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Dance in Gujarat

In Gujarat – Life is a Celebration
Gujarat is the Land of Festivals. The celebrations of festivals and fairs are accompanied with Music and Dance that breathe the soul fresh with vigor and joy. Blessed with rich Performing Arts, Dance and dance forms in Gujarat are popular throughout the world.
Dating back to the ancient era of Krishna, singing and dancing with ‘Flute’ and other Instruments with the dance forms like Garba, Garbi and Raas is the most popular Dance celebrations in Gujarat. A legendary unique Folk Dance form also has variations with Dandia or stick Raas. There are different styles of executing dandiya steps like Dodhiyu, simple five,simple seven, popatiyu, Trikoniya (hand movement which forms an imagery triangle), Lehree, three claps, butterfly, hudo, two claps and many more.
Performed during Navratri Celebrations, a festival of music and dance, these music and dance forms are enjoyed by all communities, all age groups and in all cities in Gujarat. Even people all over the world come to Gujarat especially to enjoy this traditional and religious festival.
Bhavai-Folk Drama
Dance
Garba and Raas
Hallisaka

Some Folk Dance forms of Garba:

Palli Jag Garbo Kahalya
Maniaro Raas / Kanabi Raas Hudo
Vinchhudo Tippani
Dandiya Nritya Gop Ras
Mer Ras

At Gandhinagar, Gujarat, Cultural Programs like Vasantosav, Kutchh Utsav, etc are held with Interactive cultural music and dance performances from all over Gujarat cities. Modhera Dance Festival is one of the major annual, Classical and Traditional Dance Festival in Gujarat. All Artists and emerging performing artists exhibit their talent at the backdrop of the Sun Temple at this annual event hosted by Gujarat department.


Gujarat Music and dance performers build innovations in music, choreography, and costumes and have enthralled audience with its beauty and tradition.


Gujarat has ‘Arts’ with mass appeal. Hence, Indian Classical Dance forms of Bharat Natyam, Kathak and Odissi also find appealing dance forms in Gujarat. Western dances like Salsa, Jazz, Hip Hop, Rock n Roll, Waltz etc, are gaining popularity in major cities in Gujarat.


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