Dances & Music of Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh is an undiscovered paradise, offering a tourist destination with a difference. Known for its exceptional scenic beauty and unique and rich cultural heritage, Chhattisgarh has always been synonymous with tribes and tribal culture. Over one third of the state population is of tribes, most of them inhabiting in the thickly forested areas of the famous Bastar region. The tribes of Chhattisgarh are known for their unique lifestyles and have beautifully retained their own culture and traditions for many centuries. The tribes of Chhattisgarh region are also known for their passion for dances and music, which are the most important amusements and a part and parcel of their day-today life. Visit Chhattisgarh to see the colorful Tribal Dances of the region, which would surely be an exciting and rewarding experience for you on your Chhattisgarh Tour.
There are innumerous tribal dance forms in the state but the most prominent dance forms of Chhattisgarh include the Dandari dance, Gendi dance, Karma dance, Panthi dance, Damkach dance, Bhagoriya dance, Sela dance and Nacha among many others. The famous Dandya dance of Gujarat is believed to have evolved from Dandari, the basic difference between the two is that in Dandari the artists use antlers of Deer instead of sticks. While Gendi is the only dance form in India that uses stilts, Sela is performed with wooden sticks or poles. The dances are performed to the enchanting tunes of love songs in company of musical instruments like the tabla (drum), thali (plates) and bansuri (flute). The participants wear scintillatingly colorful costumes, ornaments and bright headgear, which from the most important characteristic of the tribal dances. To add more charm to already colorful dance performances ghungroos and tiny tinkling bells are tied to body, which create a heart warming musical sounds making the environment livelier.
The world-famous Gonds who are popular for their unique Ghotul system of marriage, in which young boys and girls are allowed to interact in separately created huts, have their own dance forms. Karma, the most famous dance of Chhattisgarh, is performed by both the Baigas and the Gonds. Other vibrant tribal dances of Chhattisgarh include Bhagoriya (performed during the festival of Bhagoriya when the lord of dance is worshipped), Phag (a sword dance) and Lota (a dance from in which women dance with a pot full of water on their heads). Visit Chhattisgarh and enjoy the exotic tribal dances and get enchanted by the exciting performances of these unique tribals on your Chhattisgarh Tribal Tour with Dances of Chhattisgarh.
Pandavani a musical narration of the epic Mahabharata, Teejan Bai, the Pandavani artist was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2003, for her contribution to Pandavani. Ritu Verma is also a well known name.
Chhattisgarh has rich traditional folk songs among which sohar, bihav & Pathoni songs are very famous.
Sohar songs are related to child birth. Bihav songs are related to marriage celebration. The main parts of Bihav songs are Chulmati, Telmati, Maymouri, Nahdouri, Parghani, Bhadoni and other songs related to Bhanver, Vidai songs.
Pathoni songs are related to Gouna that is departure of bride to bridegroom home.