Ghoomar Dance, Rajasthan

Ghoomar Dance, Rajasthan: Ghoomer dance is a very famous and traditional folk dance of Rajasthan. It is performed on various auspicious occasions like fairs & festivals by women. Ghoomar dance is the characteristic dance of the Bhils and a community dance of the Rajputs, also which only the women traditionally perform. It is considered as one of the traditional rituals among this community. It is performed only by women in swirling robes, and accompanied by women singing together. Woman form a circle, dance, spin and sway. This folk dance gets its name from ‘ghoomna’, the pirouetting which displays the spectacular colors of the flowing ‘ghaghara’, the long skirt of the Rajasthani women. There is an amazing grace as the skirt flair slowly while the women folk twirl in circles, their faces covered with the help of the veil. Their measured steps and various graceful inclinations of the body, beating palms or snapping fingers at particular cadences while singing some lilting songs. Ghoomar dance is dedicated to “Gauri” or Parvati, wife of lord shiva. Most populat song is “Mhari Ghoomar chhe Nakhrali ye Maye”.

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