List of Indian Folk Dances

Last Updated: August 26, 2019

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Indian folk and tribal dances are simple dances, and are performed to express joy and happiness among themselves. Folk and tribal dances are performed for every possible occasion, to celebrate the arrival of seasons, birth of a child, a wedding and festivals. The dances are extremely simple with minimum of steps or movement. The dances burst with verve and vitality. Men and women perform some dances exclusively, while in some performances men and women dance together.
State Dance Form
Andhra Pradesh
  • Kuchipudi
  • Kottam
Assam
  • Ojapali
  • Bihu
  • Ankia Na
Arunachal Pradesh
  • Lion and Peacock dance
  • Chalo
  • Popir
  • Bardo Chham
  • Aji Lamu
Bihar
  • Jata Jatin
  • Faguna or Fag
  • Purbi,Bidesia
Chhatisgarh
  • Panthi
  • Raut Nacha
Gujarat
  • Dandya Ras
  • Garba Lasya Nritya
  • Bhavai
  • Garba
  • Rasila
  • Trippan
Goa
  • Fugdi
  • Dekhnni
  • Tarangamel
  • Dhalo
Haryana
  • Swang
  • Khoria
  • Gugga dance
  • Loor
  • Sang
  • Dhama
Himachal Pradesh
  • Luddi Dance
  • Munzra
  • Kanayala
  • Giddha Parhaun
  • Hikat
Jammu and Kashmir
  • Rouf
  • Chakri
Jharkhand Karma
Karnataka
  • Yakshagana
  • Bayalata
  • Simha Nutrya
  • Dollu Kunitha
  • Veeragase
Kerala
  • Chakiarkoothu
  • Kathakali
  • Mohiniattam
  • Ottam Thullal
  • Chavittu Natakam
  • Kaikotti Kalai
  • Koodiyattam
  • Krishnavattam
  • Mudiyettu
  • Tappatri Kai
  • Tappatri Kai
  • Theyyam
Lakshadweep Lava
Madhya Pradesh
  • Macha
  • Lota
  • Pandvan
  • Tertali
  • Charkula
  • Jawara
  • Matki dance
  • Phulpatti dance
  • Grida dance
  • Maanch
  • Gaur maria dance
Mizoram
  • Chiraw (Bamboo Dance)
Manipur
  • Thang ta
  • Dhol cholom
  • Manipuri
Maharashtra
  • Tamasha
  • Dahi Kala
  • Lavani
  • Lezim
Odisha
  • Odissi
  • Savari
  • Ghumara
  • Paik
  • Chhau
  • Gotipua
  • Sambalpur
Puducherry
  • Garadi
Punjab
  • Bhangra
  • Giddha
  • Daff
  • Dhaman
  • Malwai
  • Jhumar
  • Karthi
  • Kikli
  • Sammi
  • Dandass
  • Ludi
  • Jindua
Rajasthan
  • Ghumar
  • Chakri
  • Gangaur
  • Jhulan
  • Leela
  • Jhuma
  • Suisini
  • Ghapal
  • Kalbelia
Sikkim
  • Singhi chham
  • Yak Chaam
  • Maruni
  • Rechungma
Tamil Nadu
  • Bharatnatyam
  • Kumi
  • Kolattam
  • Kavadi
  • Karagattam
  • Theru koothu
  • Bommal attam
  • Puliyaattam
  • Oyilattam
Telangana
  • Perini Thandavam
  • Dappu
  • Lambadi
Tripura
  • Hojagiri
  • Goria
  • Lebang Boomani
Uttarakhand
  • Chholiya
  • Jagars
  • Thali-Jadda
  • Jhainta
  • Barada Nat
Uttar Pradesh
  • Nautanki
  • Raslila
  • Kajri
  • Jhora
  • Chhapeli
  • Jaita
West Bengal
  • Jatra
  • Chau
  • Kathi
 
Classical Dances in India : 
Indian classical dance, or Shastriya Nritya, is an umbrella term for various performance arts rooted in religious Hindu musical theatre styles, whose theory and practice can be traced to the Sanskrit text Natya Shastra.
Dance State
Bharatanatyam Tamil Nadu
Bihu Assam
Bhangra Punjab
Chhau Bihar, Orissa, W. Bengal and Jharkhand
Garhwali Uttaranchal
Garba Gujarat
Hattari Karnataka
Kathak North India
Kathakali Kerala
Kutchipudi Andhra Pradesh
Khantumm Mizoram
Karma Madhya Pradesh
Laho Meghalaya
Mohiniattam Kerala
Mando Goa
Manipuri Manipur
Nati Himachal Pradesh
Nat-Natin Bihar
Odissi Orissa
Rauf Jammu &Kashmir
Yakshagan Karnataka




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