Among the more difficult things in life, one thing that is not difficult at all is to talk about the amalgamation and heritage of the different and diverse cultures of India. Indian culture, dominated by Jainists, Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs is the perfect example of how the grandeur of the Indian culture is unparalleled. The most celebrated artform comes from the land of the Rajput’s – Rajasthan. When it comes to celebration, the Rajasthani’s know when to sing and dance – ALWAYS.
The vivaciousness of the songs and dances of Rajasthan are an undulating tribute to the magnificence, heroism, valour and vicissitudes of the grandeur and richness of the Rajasthani culture and history. A true Rajasthan tour or for that matter any tour of India is incomplete without engulfing yourself completely in the vibrancy of the folk dance and music of the Rajputana land.
The beauty of the dances and music of Rajasthan are so alluring that it can make brighten you up even in the darkest of times, going hand in hand with the struggle and history of this wondrous land of Rajasthani marvels. The golden stillness of the desert leaves you breathless and soulful in the midst of full-throated music and rhythmic dances that are the most mesmerizing creations of art and culture you will ever see. The state of the Royal Rajputana’s has a very vibrant, highly evolved tradition of performing arts carefully nurtured and sustained over the centuries.
Since generations, families would invite Nats, Dholis, Bhats and Bhaands to dance and sing at family celebrations, marriages or births, or other festivities, marriages are incomplete without the show put up by them. The irrigated land of Eastern Rajasthan is dominated by puppet shows, Bhopas and the Kachhi Ghodi dances whereas, other parts of Rajasthan are famous for its Kalbeliya dancers, with their musical snake dances and the Manganiyars and Langhas of Jaisalmer.
Some of the best-known folk dances of Rajasthan are Ghoomar, Gair, Bhavai, Chari, Drum Dance, scintillating Fire Dance, Kachhi Ghodi, Sapera Dance, Kathputli, and Terah Tali. Some of these are explained below –
When it comes to music, Rajasthan is famous across the world for its ‘Dholis’, and deep voiced singers, play instruments such as the Ektara, ghunghroo and sarangi to people. It is no secret that instruments are the basic white necessities of life. They add that perfect tune to words to make it melodious. Among the Rajasthani instruments dominating the world are Sarangi, the most prominent folk musical instrument of Rajasthan, found in different forms.
These musical instruments are used in such a way that songs and dance are incomplete without them, however the vice versa is completely possible because of the talent showed by these exemplary artists. There are two traditional classes of musicians: the Langas, who stuck mostly exclusively to Muslim audiences and styles, and the Manganiars, who had a more liberal approach.
Some of the most widely famous artforms are listed below –
With the vastness and vivacity of the dance and music forms described above, the Rajasthani culture is an epitome of the beauty and sensuality of the sands of the Thar Dessert and land of the Royal Rajputana’s. To experience the vibrancy and vigor of any of these dance forms is an experience of a lifetime, worth living a thousand times.
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