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Indian dances

India has a great diversity of classical and folk dances. However, Bollywood dance has been the most exported and recognized outside the country. The term Bollywood refers to the Indian film industry, which is the largest producer of films in the world. It is a play on words in which the "H" of Hollywood is replaced by the "B" of Bombay, a city where the film industry in India is concentrated. Cheerful, dynamic and colorful, this dance represents stories, generally of love, where there is also an indigenous and representative language of India. It is unique in its kind, being the maximum expression of staging imaginable. Its choreography, costumes, rhythms, color and settings make Bollywood a true festival for the senses.


Indian folk dance is itself a gift to artIndian folk dance is itself a gift to modern art. It carries the connotation of anonymity, collective wisdom, spontaneity and simplicity passed down from generation to generation.
Each state and its regions have different styles of dance and folk music, expressing the nature of their community.

His depth of conception and his directness of expression are of great artistic value.



Bollywood is an easy dance to learn, with rhythmic rhythms and melodies that can be danced individually, in pairs or in a group. Some body movements of classical dances are used, such as mudras (hand gestures) and abhinaya (dramatic expression, facial movements).

Clothes and wardrobe are an extremely important element in Bollywood. It will largely determine the "feel" the dance will have in the film. The color and the variety of combinations make this part one of the most visual. When period films are shown, embroidery is the star piece, while in more modern films we find touches of the West such as tops, jeans and oriental dance accessories.


Lavni is a highly rhythmic dance, originating from the state of Maharashtra although it can also be seen in southern Madhya Pradesh and northern Karnataka. It emerges as a musical and dance style during the Peshwa period in Maharashtra in the s. XVIII. With the advent of the 19th century, mulgis (female performers) took center stage in their thirty-foot-long embroidered saris.

"Lavani" derives from "Lavanya" which means beauty.
Depending on the content, two types of Lavni are distinguished: Nirguni lavni, about philosophy and religious thoughts, and Shringari lavni, a sensual and uninhibited version. The latter prospered, gaining strength in the cinema and ousting Nirguni Lavni to almost extinction.
According to the audience, we also find two aspects: Phadachi Lavani, when it is performed and sung as part of a public performance within the atmosphere of a theater, and Bhaitakichi Lavani, when it is performed in a private setting for select guests.


Koli is believed to come from the Sanskrit Kula meaning “clan.” This Folk from Maharahtra represents daily life and work of fishermen.

Women carrying baskets and men with oars and nets dance together the dholki beats.

Raas Garba

Raas Garba is the most representative dance of the state of Gujarat, India. Its name comes from Sanskrit where Raas means "sweet, emotion" and Garba "womb, openwork lamp".
Its origin dates back to the Navrati celebrations (9 nights) in worship of the different forms of Shakti. It is a circular dance in whose center is the Garba or an image of the deity. U-turns and turns are made.

The clothing common to this genre is chaniya choli: a three-piece dress decorated with beads, shells, mirrors, stars, and embroidery.

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