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Bihu: Folk dance of happiness

4/3/2013 4:39:00 AM

  Bihu is a folk dance form which belongs to the state of Assam. It is very popular and has become a part of the people habitant in the state. This dance is performed during the Bihu festival which is celebrated thrice a year. Rongali which is the biggest of the three Bihu festivals makes the Bihu dance more special. This festival is celebrated in the middle of April. This is the time when the spring season is on its full charm. This dance form is a mirror of Assamese culture. This dance is a celebration of Good harvest.   There is no historic evidence when this dance form originated but it was first cited to be when Ahom king Rudra Singha invited Bihu dancers to perform at the Ranghar fields sometime around 1694 on the occasion of Rongali Bihu.   This is a group dance. It is performed by both men and women. When the dance starts the female dancer group themselves into line or circle. The males dancers and musicians enter the performance area first and form a st

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Kinnauri Nati: A Popular Folk Dance of Himachal Pradesh

4/4/2013 4:20:00 AM

Kinnauri Nati is a folk dance which originated in Himachal Pradesh. This dance is closely related to nature. It is performed on the occasion of New Year. This dance adds a majestic look to the celebration. In addition to that it has become an important part of fairs and festival celebrated in this state. The dance is the representation of the happiness gained after a good harvest. The inherent theme of Kinnaur Dance is much similar to that of the Bhangra Dance of Punjab. The dance lacks pace but the sequences make it elegant to watch. The dance moves depicts the all the activities involved in sowing the crop and reaping it. The elegant movements of the dancers represent the beauty of the state. In addition to that it presents the gentleness of the hilly breeze, slowly flowing rivers and the rhythmic swaying of trees.   Earlier this dance was performed by men only. Now it is opened to the women also which makes it magnificent to watch. The costume of the men consists of the

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Folk Dance of Jharkhand

4/5/2013 4:13:00 AM

A dance performance is not meant for entertainment. It can also express one's feelings, some story or any other event. A dance can also reflect the culture, traditions and beliefs of people living in that region. The same is also true with the different folk dances of Jharkhand.   Karma Munda It is one of the most popular folk dances amongst the tribal habitant in the state. It gets its name from the Karma tree which is the sign of fertility in the state. Tribal people of this state worship this tree. The people believe that it brings good luck and prosperity. The folk dance is performed in the month of August during the Karma festival. This dance can be performed by both men and women. The festival starts with the plantation of trees. The procedure is started with the females who offered a handful amount of barley to the males there and then those offer it to the Karma tree. Drums are used in the procedure which is beaten by the males there in a very rhythmic tune.  All

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Raut Nacha: A comical Dance form depicts gratitude towards Lord Krishna

4/8/2013 1:02:00 AM

Raut Nacha is a popular dance form of Chhattisgarh. The folk dance form is an essential part of the tribal living there. It represents two aspects. First the folk heritage of the state and second the cultural heritage of the state. The state is known for a very rich Cultural heritage. It has its unique style of dance, cuisine, and music. This dance form unites different tribal of the state.  This dance is performed during the Deepawali festival and continues for seven days. This dance is performed by the people of “yadavs/yaduvanshis” community. The dance is symbol of gratitude towards Lord Krishna. He helped the yadavs to overpower the army of evil king Kansa. The dance is performed in order to show the happiness of victory of good over the evil. The dance form closely resembles the “Raas Leela” dance form. The best occasion to perform the dance is the time of “dev udhni ekadashi”. It is believed that it is time of awakening of Gods after

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Yakshagana: A theme based dance drama based on secular and epics stories

4/9/2013 4:14:00 AM

Yakshagana is a popular dance drama which originated in the 16th century in the state of Karnataka. Yakshagana means songs of the Yakshas. According to Hindu mythology Yakshas are demi gods and the attendants of Kubera. This folk based theme dance is a combination of song, dance and drama. In the ancient times it was known as Bahunatakas. This dance form was influenced by great dancers and singers known as the Yakshas or Jakkulas. Latter on it got the name Yakshagana. As it is a theme based dance the performances are based on stories from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Puranas. Every dance performance is unique because every dance performance is based on secular to mythological stories on different subjects. In the beginning, Yakshagana was performed by only a single dancer. It was during the 17th and 18th century, that it regained its current form of a dance drama where various characters were introduced. The female roles are portrayed by male actors. A dance performan

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Lavani: A theme based dance spreading social messages to the people

4/10/2013 6:25:00 AM

Lavani is one of the most important folk dance forms of India. It is a combination of song and dance. The word Lavani comes from the word lavanya which means beauty. This dance form is the main contributor to the Marathi culture. This theme based dance originated in the region of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. It came into origin in 1560. It was on its full charm during the Peshwa rule(1700-1900). During the Peshwa rule  the dance was used to boost the morale of the tired soldiers. Some scholars suggest that this dance form originated in the temples. As the name suggest the dance reflects the feminine beauty.   It is a theme based dance dealing with different matters like society religion, politics and romance. It also highlights which includes love between man and woman in various forms. Married wife's menstruation, sexual union between husband and wife, their love, soldier's amorous exploits, the wife's bidding farewell to the husband who is going to join the war

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Kalbelia: A dance close to the nature

4/11/2013 4:39:00 AM

Kalbelia is one of an aesthetic dance form which is very famous in the state of Rajasthan. This dance is performed by the tribe of the same name. This is an ancient tribe and the community is very similar to that of serpents. Their main occupation is snake catching and trading them. This dance form is an integral part of this community. In addition to that it reflects their living and culture. This dance is a group effort. Both men and women play their part in a performance. This dance is a representation of joy. Due to this this dance is performed on festive occasions or a cultural event. The actual fun of their performance can be enjoyed at the gatherings somewhere around the festival of Holi.   The dance movements have a similarity to the movements of a snake. It is characterized by rhythmic stomps, hip movements and kicks, ever-changing hand movements, spinning, dancing on the knees, and dancing with partners. As the dance progresses the pace of the rhythm goes o

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Cheraw dance: An extraordinary dance with great precision and skill

4/12/2013 10:57:00 AM

Cheraw dance is one of the oldest performed in the state of Mizoram. It is the most colourful and distinctive dance of the Mizos. It reflects the culture of the people habitant in this part of India. People believe that this can has a foreign origin because the ancestors came from far east Aisa and later became the permanent citizen of this place. In addition to that some people believe that this dance came into existence in early 1st century A.D. These dances are performed on certain festivals, marriages or any other occasions. In earlier days, the dance was performed to ensure a safe passage for the departed souls of mothers who died at childbirth, so that she may enter the abode safely. Nowadays, Cheraw dance is performed on any occasion. It is also performed on the occasion of Buhza Aih which means bumper harvest by an individual family. One of the peculiar features of the dance is that bamboo sticks are used during the performance. That’s why it is also known as the

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Ghumura: An ancient folk dance of Kalahandi

4/18/2013 5:41:00 AM

Ghumura is a folk dance which originated in Kalahandi district which is situated in Orrisa. It gets its name from a home appliance. It is the bowl of soil is called Ghum. U stands for Lord Shiva and Ra is the description of sound. It is a pot which is used by the women to store water. Some say that it is a tribal dance because the clothes worn by the performers resembles to the tribal living there. There is another group who things that it is a classical dance because it bears some resemblance with other classical dance forms of India.   The are many historical and Archaeological aspects which supports the origin of the dance form. As per the description found in Mahabharata, Ghumura was being used by both Gods and Goddesses as a musical instrument during war. Ghumura was a war music of Ravana, the king of Lanka. Chandi Puran describes that Goddess Durga asked the Gods to lend their weapons to Kill the evil demon king Mahisasur. Per-historic period cave painting discovered fro

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Post Thank You e-card: A feature to show your gratitude towards your guests

4/18/2013 6:32:00 AM

  The preparation of an event starts much before the actual event. This includes preparation of the guest list and then sending the invitation to them. Same is true with an e-invitation also. The difference is that for an invitation you have to go to the shop and for e-invitation everything which include the selection of invitation designs and it customization all is a finger tips away.     The invitation is sent and the day for the actual event comes. Everything goes according to your plan. The guests enjoyed at your event and their presence made it a memorable one. When they left they thanked you for inviting them. Now it is your turn to return the favour back. You can achieve it by sending them a thank you e-card.  Let’s get familiar how we can achieve it.     Before we start sending the thank you e-card we have to follow some rules. First rule say that we can send it after the event date. I mean to say after the event

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