Folk Dances of India

India is a land of the most diverse cultures and traditions in the world. India have a vast range of Dance forms weather it is folk or classical dance. Here the dialect change almost after 100 km, so does the folk dances style, dress, artists, etc change. We also have four season so we have dances for different season. There is one dance in almost every state for the time of harvest. Folk dances are form of expression, performed to reflect the happiness, sorrow and different mood of the society. These folk dances have evolved and become a folk dance over the years, bringing the uniqueness and novelty to the Indian culture. Here is the List of various State and folk dances which help in various examinations like UPSC, State PSC, SSC, Bank Exams etc.

State-wise Folk Dances of India

Check the state-wise categorigation of folk dances of India. In many exams there is a direct question from the state-folk dance relation.

State Folk Dances
Andhra Pradesh ➤ Kuchipudi,
➤ Vilasini Natyam,
➤ Andhra Natyam,
➤ Bhamakalpam,
➤ Veeranatyam,
➤ Dappu,
➤ Tappeta Gullu,
➤ Lambadi,
➤ Dhimsa,
➤ Kolattam,
➤ Butta Bommalu.
Assam ➤ Bihu,
➤ Bichhua,
➤ Natpuja,
➤ Maharas,
➤ Kaligopal,
➤ Bagurumba,
➤ Naga dance,
➤ Khel Gopal,
➤ Tabal Chongli,
➤ Canoe,
➤ Jhumura Hobjanai
Bihar ➤ Jata-Jatin,
➤ Bakho-Bakhain,
➤ Panwariya,
➤ Sama Chakwa,
➤ Bidesia.
Gujarat ➤ Garba,
➤ Dandiya Ras,
➤ Tippani Juriun,
➤ Bhavai.
Haryana ➤ Jhumar,
➤ Phag,
➤ Daph,
➤ Dhamal,
➤ Loor,
➤ Gugga,
➤ Khor,
➤ Gagor.
Himachal Pradesh ➤ Jhora,
➤ Jhali,
➤ Chharhi,
➤ Dhaman,
➤ Chhapeli,
➤ Mahasu,
➤ Nati,
➤ Dangi.
Jammu and Kashmir ➤ Rauf,
➤ Hikat,
➤ Mandjas,
➤ Kud Dandi Nach,
➤ Damali.
Karnataka ➤ Yakshagan,
➤ Huttari,
➤ Suggi,
➤ Kunitha,
➤ Karga,
➤ Lambi.
Kerala ➤ Kathakali (Classical),
➤ Ottam Thulal,
➤ Mohiniattam,
➤ Kaikottikali.
Maharashtra ➤ Lavani,
➤ Nakata,
➤ Koli,
➤ Lezim,
➤ Gafa,
➤ Dahikala Dasavtar
➤ Bohada.
Odisha ➤ Odissi (Classical),
➤ Savari,
➤ Ghumara,
➤ Painka,
➤ Munari,
➤ Chhau.
West Bengal ➤ Kathi,
➤ Gambhira,
➤ Dhali,
➤ Jatra,
➤ Baul,
➤ Marasia,
➤ Mahal,
➤ Keertan.
Punjab ➤ Bhangra,
➤ Giddha,
➤ Daff,
➤ Dhaman,
➤ Bhand,
➤ Naqual.
Rajasthan ➤ Ghumar,
➤ Chakri,
➤ Ganagor,
➤ Jhulan Leela,
➤ Jhuma,
➤ Suisini,
➤ Ghapal,
➤ Kalbeliya.
Tamil Nadu ➤ Bharatanatyam,
➤ Kumi,
➤ Kolattam,
➤ Kavadi.
Uttar Pradesh ➤ Nautanki,
➤ Raslila,
➤ Kajri,
➤ Jhora,
➤ Chappeli,
➤ Jaita.
Uttarakhand ➤ Garhwali,
➤ Kumayuni,
➤ Kajari,
➤ Jhora,
➤ Raslila,
➤ Chappeli.
Goa ➤ Tarangamel,
➤ Koli,
➤ Dekhni,
➤ Fugdi,
➤ Shigmo,
➤ Ghode,
➤ Modni,
➤ Samayi nrutya,
➤ Jagar,
➤ Ranmale,
➤ Gonph,
➤ Tonnya mell.
Madhya Pradesh ➤ Jawara,
➤ Matki,
➤ Aada,
➤ Khada Nach,
➤ Phulpati,
➤ Grida Dance,
➤ Selalarki,
➤ Selabhadoni,
➤ Maanch.
Chhattisgarh ➤ Gaur Maria,
➤ Panthi,
➤ Raut Nacha,
➤ Pandwani,
➤ Vedamati,
➤ Kapalik,
➤ Bharthari Charit,
➤ Chandaini.
Jharkhand ➤ Alkap,
➤ Karma Munda,
➤ Agni,
➤ Jhumar,
➤ Janani Jhumar,
➤ Mardana Jhumar,
➤ Paika, Phagua,
➤ Hunta Dance,
➤ Mundari Dance,
➤ Sarhul, Barao,
➤ Jhitka,
➤ Danga,
➤ Domkach,
➤ Ghora Naach.
Arunachal Pradesh ➤ Buiya,
➤ Chalo,
➤ Wancho,
➤ Pasi Kongki,
➤ Ponung,
➤ Popir,
➤ Bardo Chham.
Manipur ➤ Dol Cholam,
➤ Thang Ta,
➤ Lai Haraoba,
➤ Pung Cholom,
➤ Khamba Thaibi,
➤ Nupa Dance,
➤ Raslila,
➤ Khubak Ishei,
➤ Lhou Sha.
Meghalaya ➤ Ka Shad Suk Mynsiem,
➤ Nongkrem,
➤ Laho.
Mizoram ➤ Cheraw Dance,
➤ Khuallam,
➤ Chailam,
➤ Sawlakin,
➤ Chawnglaizawn,
➤ Zangtalam,
➤ Par Lam,
➤ Sarlamkai/ Solakia,
➤ Tlanglam.
Nagaland ➤ Rangma,
➤ Bamboo Dance,
➤ Zeliang,
➤ Nsuirolians,
➤ Gethinglim,
➤ Temangnetin,
➤ Hetaleulee.
Tripura ➤ Hojagiri.
Sikkim ➤ Chu Faat Dance,
➤ Sikmari,
➤ Singhi Chaam or the Snow Lion Dance,
➤ Yak Chaam,
➤ Denzong Gnenha,
➤ Tashi Yangku Dance,
➤ Khukuri Naach,
➤ Chutkey Naach,
➤ Maruni Dance.
Lakshadweep ➤ Lava,
➤ Kolkali,
➤ Parichakali.

These Folk Dances are performed by the men, women or a group of peoples.

Classical Dances of India : 

If you are not checking Classical Dance of India with Folk Dances of India, then you had missed a very important thing. Indian classical dance academy i.e., Shastriya Academi. All these dances are connected to the Hindu Goddess. These are performed by very talented, trained and skilled artists.

The list of classical dances in India is given below:

List of Classical dances in India  State of Origin
Bharatnatyam Tamil Nadu
Kathak Uttar Pradesh
Kuchipudi Andhra Pradesh
Odissi Odisha
Kathakali Kerala
Sattriya Assam
Manipuri Manipur
Mohiniyattam Kerala

Folk Dances of India FAQs

Q 1. Which is the national dance of India?

Ans. Bharatanatyam is the national dance of India.

Q 2. Which is the oldest dance of India?

Ans. Odissi is the oldest dance of India.

Q 3. Bihu is folk dance of which state in India?

Ans. Bihu is folk dance of Assam.

Q 4. Jata-Jatin is folk dance of which state?

Ans. Jata-Jatin is folk dance of Bihar.

Q 5. Rauf is folk dance of which state?

Ans. Rauf is dance of Jammu and Kashmir.