To perform the Folk dance of Chhattisgarh, people use various instruments, such as Dholak, Manjira, Mandar, etc.
It is one of the ancient states of India. Chhattisgarh borders also associated with the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. Varieties of dance forms immersed in the Chhattisgarhi culture.
Mainly due to the number of tribes residing in the vast expanse of the state. The state’s tribal population has developed many native indigenous folk performances of their cultural beliefs. The dance of Chhattisgarh its own quality and identification. The dance and stories play an important role in enhancement of Chhatisgarh. So, special costumes and accessories use and the fast movements combined with perfect timing will leave you mesmerized.
However, After the harvest season, boys perform this dance form. This stick dance also involves children who move in various styles. While tapping their sticks against the stick of the person next to them. Villagers give paddy to people who participate in the dance as a sign of gratitude. But, the climax of this unique dance form is generally a snake dance.
Karma Folk Dance
Generally performed by tribal groups like Gonds, Baigas, and Oraons in Chhattisgarh. This dance form marks the end of the rainy season and the advent of spring. Both men and women participate in the dance following a lead singer. The unexplored beauty of the region is complete without the camaraderie of tribal popular culture.
Usually called a parrot dance. So, During Goura’s wedding and Diwali, this dance is performed. Women of the devaar tribe perform this dance. The artists also sing and move, accompanied by loud applause. The women perform this dance and while doing so, keep a clay parrot in the center. Parrot represents Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Famous poet Mukutdar Pandey gives the title of “Garba of Chattisgarh”.
Pandavani Singer Teejan bai
It is the dark horse of the Chhattisgarh folk dance. But, Portray the account of Pandavas, the main characters of an epic battle. Teejan Bai from Chhattisgarh is one of Pandvani’s most famous artists. She has also received various awards like Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, etc.
Panthi Folk Dance
This Dance is one of the most vital forms of folk dance in this locale. A prominent custom of the Satnami community of Chhattisgarh. The community also celebrates the anniversary of the birth of Guru Ghasidas in Maghi Purnima. The rich cultural heritage and traditional legacies of the tribal groups. The Durg represents this form of dance. The dance also combines a variety of steps and patterns and generally denotes the teachings and sayings of its holy master. Moreover, The dancers wear colorful dresses and sing praises to the “guru”. Likewise, A group of men builds a pyramid formation as the group leader sings. A famous dancer of this dance was the late Devdas Banjare.
Raut Nacha or Cowherds Folk Dance. Firstly dance was started in Bilaspur. However, Chhattisgarh’s cowboys are the main artists of it. The Yadava / Yaduvanshis, a Chhattisgarh caste, are considered descendants of Krishna. Therefore, the scenes show the fierce fight between King Khansa and the cowboys in that area. But The cowboy Yadavs well represent Lord Krishna as their almighty. It reinforces the ancient truth of the triumph of good over evil.
As maintained by the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated on the 11th day after Deepawali. The dance is performed on ‘dev udhni Ekadashi’. It is a strong belief that during the auspicious ‘tithi’ the god is awake.
Jhirliti Folk Dance of Chhatishghar
One of the famous Bastar dance is a Jhirliti. But, A lesser-known dance form, is difficult to classify as an established dance form due to the lack of a fixed pattern. Halloween is a ritual, it is also played by children in the Bastar region. During the sun goes down, the children dress in rags and worn-out costumes. So, Their faces become nothing less than a canvas with chalk, charcoal, and powdered rangoli spread on it.
Similarly, they dance in circles in front of all the houses in the town, after which they are given ration as a sign of gratitude for the dance.
Gendi Folk Dance
In all of the dance forms, Gendi is pure fun. The dancers are mounted on two long bamboo poles or on any firm pole and also maneuver through the crowd of other Gendi (pole) mounted dancers. Banging on the ground, keeping an excellent balance while swaying with tribal acoustics and percussions. Further, this is an amazing folk dance that has managed to keep its tradition alive.
It is an important folk dance performed in the Dhamtari district of the state. Rural people represent the dance with great enthusiasm wearing traditional hats and costumes. The central theme of the dance is Rasa Lila of Krishna and her abode Radha.
Kaksar dance is performed by the Abhujmaria tribe of Bastar. The dance is done to invoke Kaksar the deity. The dancers tie tinkling bells of various sizes on their waists. However, the lads and ladies carry out this dance and it gives opportunity to single ones to pick out their existing companion.
Kaksar dance is a group dance in which the performance is executed through young boys and girls. The dress is worn by men is a peculiar looking get dressed, that is white-colored lengthy robe with a belt of balls, worn spherical the waist.
They use dhol, timiki, and bansuri. The folks’ lifestyle is quite wealthy and the appearing arts of the nation have won wide recognition in the country-wide circuit.