India, with its vast variety of races, traditions and customs, has been a veritable treasure-house of classical and folk dances forms from early times.
India, with its vast variety of races, traditions and customs, has been a veritable treasure-house of classical and folk dances forms from early times. The folk dances of India, a display of which the Queen and the Duke will witness in the National Stadium on January 27, are woven into the lives of the people and derive their inspiration from the movements associated with their every day tasks. Their character varies with the climate and topography of each region. There are religious dances, dances associated with the passage of the seasons, martial and heroic dances and dance dramas depicting scenes from epics.
At the National stadium Fold dancers are going through extensive rehearsals to perfect their movements for presentation to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Select items have been picked and these include a dance item from Madhya Prades showing BHILS in a tribal dance. The dance item takes place on stilts and is very popular in the region. The second item was from Andhra Pradesh depicting the gypsies in their folk dance. The women were colourfully dressed and wore silver jewellery carrying brass pots on their heads. Yet another colourful item was from Bihar known for its vigour and movements in rhythm.