Introduction

Indian folk dance is a beautiful 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.
We at R3StudioBay would love to introduce you to some of the folk dances that originate in the Western part of India.

Come join us in this beautiful journey..

Garba-Raas

Garba-RaasGarba-Raas comes from Gujarat which is a traditional dance form dedicated to Goddess Durga (also called Goddess Amba). It is performed in a group or a couple on the typical Gujarati music, and the clapping or sticks are used to perform this art form. Garba is customarily performed by women wearing beautiful, ghagra-cholis and men wearing the wonderful kediyas. The dance involves circular patterns of movement and rhythmic clapping. It is popularly performed during Navratri. The word comes from “garbha deep” which is translated as either light in the inner sanctum of the temple or lamp inside a perforated earthen pot (which is often used as a prop in the dance).
Talking about props, you should know that we at R3StudioBay use numerous props while performing this dance form. To name a few, we have beautiful Diyas, Dandiyas, Manjiras, colorful Umbrellas, bright Earthen pots, lovely steel matkas, Mandavis (a canopy with the earthen pots and diyas), fire torches and a lot more..
Dandiya Raas is an energetic, vibrant dance originating in the state of Gujarat. Often called the “stick dance” because it uses polished sticks or dandiya, it represents a mock-fight between Durga and Mahishasura, the mighty demon-king. It is nicknamed “The Sword Dance” because the dandiya represent the sword of Durga and are hit together. The combination of garba and raas has become very popular thereby known as Garba-Raas.

garba-ras

Rajasthani Folk (Ghoomar)

Wearing heavy jewelry and the beautiful costumes you will find the people of Rajasthan dancing on the beats of music to give away their traditional dance form. Ghoomar includes the intriguing circular movements complemented by the hand gestures. Ghoomar is a traditional women’s folk dance of Rajasthan. It is performed by groups of women in swirling robes accompanied by men and women singing together. This folk dance gets its name from ‘ghoomna’, the pirouetting which displays the spectacular colors of the flowing ‘ghaghara’, the long skirt of the Rajasthani women. There is an amazing grace as the skirt flair slowly while the women twirl in circles, their faces covered with the help of the veil. They dance in measured steps and graceful inclinations of body, beating palms or snapping fingers at particular cadence, while singing some lilting songs.
Just like the Garba, this dance form uses all the different props like the ghadas (pots) and diyas too..

Bolly-Folk

India is a vast country with culturally diverse regions, each with its own music.
Bollywood films have been borrowing from and popularizing these folk songs for the longest time. Tapping into the tradition of folk music, Bollywood has used classic song structures and techniques to augment the commercialized Bollywood versions of the original folk songs. Apart from their Bollywoodization, most of these songs are culturally significant in some way, typically relevant to a particular festival or ceremony.
“Kon Halave Limbdi” is a Gujarati song that celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. It is often associated with the festival of Raksha Bandhan.
“Kesariya” is a mashup of three popular songs, “Kesariya Balam,” “O Rangrez,” and “Bawra Mann.” The mashup starts with “Kesariya Balam,” a Rajasthani folk song that celebrates marital fidelity and is linked to the festival of Gangaur during which women worship the Goddess Parvati. It is followed by the other two songs from the films Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, respectively.
“Ghoomar” in the movie Padmavat is another classic Bolly-Folk which has been performed by a lot of artists.