FOLK DANCING: A dance that originates as ritual among and is characteristic of the common people of a country and that is transmitted from generation to generation with increasing secularization.. The history of folk dances dates back several centuries, though very little detail is known about its origins. While nobody is really sure what folk dancing looked like two thousand years ago, historians are confident that it already existed at that time. Because folk dances are highly traditional and are taught through the generations, the evolution of the genre has been slow as various cultural groups preserve their inventories of cultural dances. Generally speaking, folk dances came into being with a social function, weaving recreation into celebrations and important agricultural events. In addition to the social nature of the dance, special costumes were often present. Folk dancing from India looks very different from folk dancing from Mexico, but it is all under the umbrella of folk dancing due to it’s social in nature and steeped deep in tradition in the culture of each country.
Diverse culture of India has the treasure of a variety of folk and tribal dances spread across the country. Apart from 8 Indian classical dances, these Indian folk dances are practiced in the rural areas and performed during the religious or seasonal festivals. Some of the most popular folk dances performed across the Indian villages and cities are Bhangra, Rouff, Garba, Kalbelia, Lavani, Chhau, Bihu and Raut Nacha, Ghoomar, Pulikali, Matki dance to name a few and there are many more.
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