Folk Dances of India

India has a rich cultural and folk art. Indian folk dances are simple and they are performed to get pleasure from them. Traditional dancing is organized on every time, i.e., festivals, marriage opportunities, the births of children, and the arrival of seasons. Indian folk dances are dance with minimal steps or movements. These folk and tribal dance of India are full of vibrancy, enthusiasm, and energy. folk dances are mostly performed with a set dress code. These dresses are very colorful and traditional ornaments that matched them are worn. The Indian Folk dances, as well as classical dances, of Different States in India are listed below

List of Folk Dances of Different States in India

StateFolk Dances
Andhra PradeshKuchipudi, Vilasini Natyam, Andhra Natyam, Bhamakalpam, Veeranatyam, Dappu, Tappeta Gullu, Lambadi, Dhimsa, Kolattam, Butta Bommalu.
AssamBihu, Bichhua, Natpuja, Maharas, Kaligopal, Bagurumba, Naga dance, Khel Gopal, Tabal Chongli, Canoe, Jhumura Hobjanai
BiharJata-Jatin, Bakho-Bakhain, Panwariya, Sama Chakwa, Bidesia.
GujaratGarba, Dandiya Ras, Tippani Juriun, Bhavai.
HaryanaJhumar, Phag, Daph, Dhamal, Loor, Gugga, Khor, Gagor.
Himachal PradeshJhora, Jhali, Chharhi, Dhaman, Chhapeli, Mahasu, Nati, Dangi.
Jammu and KashmirRauf, Hikat, Mandjas, Kud Dandi Nach, Damali.
KarnatakaYakshagan, Huttari, Suggi, Kunitha, Karga, Lambi.
KeralaKathakali (Classical), Ottam Thulal, Mohiniattam, Kaikottikali.
MaharashtraLavani, Nakata, Koli, Lezim, Gafa, Dahikala Dasavtar or Bohada.
OdishaOdissi (Classical), Savari, Ghumara, Painka, Munari, Chhau.
West BengalKathi, Gambhira, Dhali, Jatra, Baul, Marasia, Mahal, Keertan.
PunjabBhangra, Giddha, Daff, Dhaman, Bhand, Naqual.
RajasthanGhumar, Chakri, Ganagor, Jhulan Leela, Jhuma, Suisini, Ghapal, Kalbeliya.
Tamil NaduBharatanatyam, Kumi, Kolattam, Kavadi.
Uttar PradeshNautanki, Raslila, Kajri, Jhora, Chappeli, Jaita.
UttarakhandGarhwali, Kumayuni, Kajari, Jhora, Raslila, Chappeli.
GoaTarangamel, Koli, Dekhni, Fugdi, Shigmo, Ghode, Modni, Samayi nrutya, Jagar, Ranmale, Gonph, Tonnya mell.
Madhya PradeshJawara, Matki, Aada, Khada Nach, Phulpati, Grida Dance, Selalarki, Selabhadoni, Maanch.
ChhattisgarhGaur Maria, Panthi, Raut Nacha, Pandwani, Vedamati, Kapalik, Bharthari Charit, Chandaini.
JharkhandAlkap, Karma Munda, Agni, Jhumar, Janani Jhumar, Mardana Jhumar, Paika, Phagua,Hunta Dance, Mundari Dance, Sarhul, Barao, Jhitka, Danga, Domkach, Ghora Naach.
Arunachal PradeshBuiya, Chalo, Wancho, Pasi Kongki, Ponung, Popir, Bardo Chham.
ManipurDol Cholam, Thang Ta, Lai Haraoba, Pung Cholom, Khamba Thaibi, Nupa Dance, Raslila, Khubak Ishei, Lhou  Sha.
MeghalayaKa Shad Suk Mynsiem, Nongkrem, Laho.
MizoramCheraw Dance, Khuallam, Chailam, Sawlakin, Chawnglaizawn, Zangtalam, Par Lam, Sarlamkai/Solakia, Tlanglam.
NagalandRangma, Bamboo Dance, Zeliang, Nsuirolians, Gethinglim, Temangnetin, Hetaleulee.
TripuraHojagiri.
SikkimChu Faat Dance, Sikmari, Singhi Chaam or the Snow Lion Dance, Yak Chaam, Denzong Gnenha, Tashi Yangku Dance, Khukuri Naach, Chutkey Naach, Maruni Dance.
  LakshadweepLava, Kolkali, Parichakali.

List of Classical Dances of Different States in India

StateDance
Tamil NaduBharatanatyam
AssamBihu
PunjabBhangra
Bihar, Orissa, W. Bengal and JharkhandChhau
UttaranchalGarhwali
GujaratGarba
KarnatakaHattari
North IndiaKathak
KeralaKathakali
Andhra PradeshKutchipudi
MizoramKhantumm
Madhya PradeshKarma
MeghalayaLaho
KeralaMohiniattam
GoaMando
ManipurManipuri
Himachal PradeshNati
BiharNat-Natin
OrissaOdissi
Jammu &KashmirRauf
 Dakshina  Karnataka  Yakshagan

This post has covered important folk dances of Indian as well as classical dances of different states of India.All the best to the aspirants preparing for competitive exams

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