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List of Folk Dances in India (State-Wise)




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List of Folk Dances in India (State-Wise)

Indian folk dance is a simple dance,and is performed to express joy and happiness among themselves. Folk dance is performed for every possible occasion,to celebrate the arrival of seasons,birth of a child, a wedding, festivals and some old social customs.The dances are extremely simple with minimum of steps or movement.The dances burst with verve and vitality.Men and women perform some dances exclusively, while in some performances men and women dance together.On most occasions,the dancers sing themselves,while being accompanied by artists on the instruments.Each form of dance has a specific costume.Most costumes are extraordinary with extensive jewels. While there are numerous ancient folk and tribal dances, many are constantly being improved.The skill and the imagination of the dances influence the performance.
List of folk dances in India is one of the important topics useful for SSC CGL, SSC CHSL, and Railways. Questions of 1 to 2 marks from this topic can be asked in the exam. Try to make notes of this topic and keep revising in on a weekly basis. Following is the list of Folk Dances in India.

List of Folk Dances in India

State of OriginDance Form
Andhra PradeshKuchipudi, Vilasini Natyam, Andhra Natyam, Bhamakalpam, Veeranatyam, Dappu, Tappeta Gullu, Lambadi, Dhimsa, Kolattam, Butta Bommalu

Arunachal PradeshBardo Chham

AssamBihu, Bichhua, Natpuja, Maharas, Kaligopal, Bagurumba, Naga dance, Khel Gopal, Tabal Chongli, Canoe, Jhumura Hobjanai
BiharJata-Jatin, Bakho-Bakhain, Panwariya, Sama Chakwa, Bidesia

ChhattisgarhGaur Maria, Panthi, Raut Nacha, Pandwani, Vedamati, Kapalik, Bharthari Charit, Chandaini

GoaHanpeth, Gauda Jagar, Ranmale, Fugadi, Ghode Modni, Lamp Dance, Musal Dance, Dhangar Dance, Dekhni, Dhalo, Talgadi, Goff, Tonya Mel, Mando, Kunbi Dance, Suvari, Dasarawadan, Virabhadra

GujaratDandiya Raas, Garba Raas, Ras Dance

HaryanaLoor Dance, Gugga Dance, Saang Dance, Chhathi Dance, Khoria Dance, Dhamal Dance, Ghoomar Dance, Jhumar Dance.
Himachal PradeshMala (Garland) Dance, Demon (Rakshasa) Dance, Keekali, Bhangara

Jammu and KashmirRauf, Hikat, Mandjas, Kud Dandi Nach, Damali
JharkhandChhau Dance,Karma Munda, Agni, Jhumar, Janani Jhumar, Mardana Jhumar, Paika, Phagua,Hunta Dance, Mundari Dance

KarnatakaBharatanatyam, Kunitha

KerelaBharatanatyam, Kathakali, Mohiniyattam
Madhya PradeshKarma, Jawara, Tertali, Lehangi, Ahiri Dance
MaharashtraDhangari Gaja, Koli Dance

ManipurManipuri.Dol Cholam, Thang Ta, Lai Haraoba, Pung Cholom, Khamba Thaibi, Nupa Dance, Raslila, Khubak Ishei, Lhou  Sha.

MeghalayaNongkrem

MizoramKhuallam, Cheraw, Chailam

NagalandNaga Dance,Rangma, Bamboo Dance, Zeliang, 

OdishaChhau, Odissi, Ghumura

PunjabSammi, Giddha, Jaago, Kikli, Luddi, Malwai Giddha, Jhumar, Bhangra, Karthi, Jindua, Dandass.

RajasthanGhoomar, Kalbelia, Chari, Kacchi-Ghodi

SikkimLu Khangthamo, Rechungma, Maruni, Tamang Selo,

Tamil NaduBharatanatyam, Bagavatha Nadanam, Chakkai Attam, Devaraattam

TelanganaPerini Thandavam, Dappu, Lambadi

TripuraGoria, Huk Kaimani, Lebang Bumani, Hojagiri
Uttar PradeshKathak, Charkula
UttarakhandBarada Nati, Bhotiya, Chancheri, Chhapeil

West BengalChhau, Brita, Gambhira, Santhal, Tusu
Andaman and Nicobar IslandNicobarese Dance
Dadra and Nagar HaveliTarpa Dance
LakshadweepKolkali, Parichakkali, Attam,Lava

PuducherryGaradi