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India is a vast country and comprises various forms of art and culture. India is a country that follows the quote Unity in Diversity. The country is famous for its cultural heritage and arts. Dance is one of the major types of art in India. Different types of dances originate from many other parts of the country. These dances have a great correlation with the culture and traditions of the place and have a relation with the ancient past. The traditions of the classical dance of each part of the country depend on the people residing there and their cultural practices. There are many world-famous dance types followed in different parts of the country. 

Kuchipudi is danced mainly in Andhra Pradesh. Kerala is the place for the origination of dance forms like Kathakali, mohini attam, and theyyam. These dances are famous in that local area and many people are trained with their local dance form. But even these dance forms are famous in other parts of India and have a great welcome even to other community people. Punjab people celebrate their fun times with their traditional dance forms like Bhangra and Gidda. Tamil Nadu is famous for its greatest form of dance Bharatanatyam.

Sl. No.States  Folk Dance
1Andhra PradeshThapetta Gullu
2Arunachal PradeshBardo Chham
3AssamBihu 
4BiharKarma/Munda
5ChhattisgarhPanthi, Raut Nacha
6GoaKoli, Tarangmel
7GujaratDandiya, Garba, Padhar, Raas
8HaryanaGhoomar
9Himachal PradeshKinnauri Nati
10Jammu and KashmirDumhal (Kashmir), Spaw (Ladakh)
11Jharkhand 
12KarnatakaDollu Kunitha, Yakshagana
13KeralaPadayani
14Madhya PradeshCharkula, Jawara, Tertali
15MaharashtraPavri Nach, Tamasha/Lavani, Dindi
16ManipurDol cholam, Thang Ta
17Meghalaya 
18MizoramCheraw Dance
19Nagaland 
20OrissaRuk Mar Nacha (Chhau dance ), Dalkai, Goti Pua
21PunjabBhangra, Giddha
22RajasthanChari, Kalbelia, Ghoomar, Fire Dance, Kachhi Gori
23SikkimSinghi Chham
24Tamil NaduDevarattam, Kummi, Poikal Kudirai Attam, Kamandi or Kaman Pandigai, Kolattam, Mayil Attam or Peacock dance, Theru Koothu
25TripuraHojagiri
26Uttarakhand 
27Uttar Pradesh 
28West Bengal 
Sl. No.Union Territories  Folk Dance
1Andaman and Nicobar IslandsNicobarese dances
2Chandigarh 
3Dadra and Nagar Haveli 
4Daman and Diu 
5Delhi 
6LakshadweepLava
7PondicherryGaradi


Last updated: May 30, 2021

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