15 Most Beautiful Dances In India

15 Most Beautiful Dances In India | Dances of India State Wise

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India is a country very rich in diversity, whether it is heritage, culture, monuments, languages, food, music, or dances.

Dancing is one of the most glorified Indian Arts, especially classical dances and the traditional folk dances.

Since ancient times, it has been a beautiful way of expressing various shades of human emotions referred to as “Rasas“(flavors).

1).Shringar- Love.

2).Karuna- Sorrow.


4). Hasya- Humorous.

5).Raudra- Anger.

6).Veer- Heroism.

7).Bhayanak- Fear.

8).Bhibhats- Disgust.

9).Prarthna- Prayer.

Indian classical & folk dances are divided into 3 types:-

1).Nrtta (Rythmic Dancing)

2).Nrtya(Dramatic Dancing with a theme)


List of 15 most beautiful dance forms of India:

  • Bhangra:

Bhangra is the folk dance of Punjab which is performed with beautiful costumes that includes Tehmat, Shalwar-Kameez, Lungi, pag and various musical instruments including Dhol, chimta & alghoza. It is a synchronized and the most energetic dance performed in groups. This beautiful dance of India promotes fraternity & spreads love everywhere.

  • Bharatnatyam:

The second greatest Indian classical dance is form the land of Tamil Nadu in South India. This was originated as a form of worship. 

The beautiful costume, eye-caching make-up and the graceful movements are all the attractions of this dance which makes this one of the most popular dances of India.

  • Bihu:
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This great dance form is the folk dance of Assam.

This dance is performed by men and women with brisk dance steps and movements and is related to the festival of Bihu.

While performing this dance Men wear Dhoti and Gamcha whereas Women get ready in beautiful traditional dress with Blouse and Chador.

The beautiful beats are given by the instruments including:- 

  1. Dhol
  2. Taal
  3. Pepa
  4. Toka
  5. Xutuli
  6. Gogona.
  • Chhau:

This is a great Semi-classical Indian dance form of Jharkhand with Martial, Tribal and Folk traditions.

This beautiful dance is performed by wearing masks (called Chhau masks), Dhoti, kurta, and saree.

This is done on the beats of dhol (drums).

Chhau is also listed as a World Heritage Dance by the UNESCO.

This dance is known for its vigor and vitality.

  • Garba:

Garba is the folk dance of Gujarat and this is one of the most popular Indian dance forms and learned by people all over the world.

Garba comes from a Sanskrit word- “Garbha” meaning womb. This dance becomes the favorite dance form of not only Indians but everyone in this world.In this, people wear traditional Gujarati costumes in which Chhaniya-Choli, Odhani, Turban, and Bandhni and they dance on the beats of Dhol.

  • Ghoomar(Traditional Folk dance of Rajasthan):

This great dance was started initially by ‘Bhil’ tribe to worship Goddess Saraswati, This is performed by ladies wearing flowing Ghagra and Veils and they dance in groups arranged in circles with a uniform distance and perfect coordination.

This great dance form requires huge stamina as it keep going on for hours and as the song progresses the music goes faster and the tempo of the dancers also increases in synch. This is one of the most difficult dance forms in India..

  • Kathak:
kathak dance

Kathak is one of the eight major classical dance forms of India that is having its origin in the states of North India started by Kathakars. This is a beautiful way of story-telling and poetry through dance.

The major role is of hands and the attractive expressions to represent various flavors. 

  • Kathakali:

The origin of this dance was in South-west India especially Kerala and this is one of the main classical forms of dances, representing stories such as Mahabharat, Ramayan, etc. with the help of dance-drama with synchronized facial expressions and pointing finger. The beauty of this dance increases thousand times by doing facial makeup like a painted mask. The costumes worn are full-skirt, a heavy jacket, numerous garlands, necklaces, and a towering headdress.

  • Kuchipudi

This is one of the 11 Indian classical dance forms having its origin in the village Kuchelapuram of Andhra Pradesh, which is a form of dance-drama known for its footwork, dramatic characterization, expressive eye movements, and spirited narrative. It takes 7 to 10 yrs to master this art.

The beautiful attires involve saree with a fan cloth in front (almost the same as of “Bharatnatyam“) with a light makeup highlighting eyes and flower or metal jewelry. It is a blend of “Tandava and Lasya”.

  • Lavani (from Maharashtra):
lavani dance

Known for its strong rhythm and movements, Lavani is performed on the beats of Dholki and is the best combination of traditional dance and songs. It worked as a morale booster for the soldiers in the 18th century. It is performed by wearing saree in Marathi style somehow tied like Dhoti with Gold metal jewelry especially the Natha (Nosepin). This dance requires a lot of stamina and is now gaining popularity worldwide.

  • Manipuri (the folk dance of Manipur):
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This dance is well-known for its unique costumes that are similar to a Manipuri bride, the potloi costume of which the main attraction is Kumil (a barrel-shaped long stiffened skirt at the bottom).This whole dance is performed by dancers in a go, without leaving the stage or changing costumes. It’s the attire and makeup provide uniqueness to the dance.

  • Odissi:

Odissi is originated from Eastern India in the state of Odisha. It is a traditional dance form that is derived from the heritage of Indian Temples. The actions or Mudras are in the form of idols related to the Indian temples. This dance is performed on the basis of poems performed by musicians.

  • Mohiniyattam:

This great dance from Southern India in the state of Kerela. This dance form is based on the female avatar of Lord Vishnu, “Mohini“.This is performed in the form of a play with music and singing during the dance

This dance also throws a light in the dance form by Lord Shiva- “Tandava”.

  • Sattriya:

This dance belongs from the North-Eastern part of our Incredible India from the state of Assam. This dance was introduced by the Saint and Reformer of Assam. This dance is performed in the way to spread mythology teachings. Traditionally, this was performed by monks but currently is practiced in many other ways.

  • Rouf-”the dance of Jammu and Kashmir”:
rouf dance

It is performed by the women dressed in traditional Kashmiri costumes and jewellery. In this form of dance, they form rows facing each other and perform various leg movements in a synchronized manner on the beats of Dholaks. This traditional dance is performed on various occasions including marriages and festivals in the region.

You have read about various dances, so have you any curiosity to find out how and when these dances are performed. To know this you can go through “Festivals in India” to get the full exposure of the festivals of India.

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