Live folk dances and enthralling performances all through the evening is one of the major attractions at Chokhi Dhani Chennai. These live shows capture the interest and make you spellbound. There are many folk dances in Rajasthan and almost all are performed here – Be it the world famous Ghoomar, Kalbeliya - the Snake Dance, Chari Dance, Bhavai Dance, Bhopa-Bhopi Dance or the stunning Terah Taali Manjira Dance.
Ghoomar is the magical dance performance of Rajasthan which makes the foot tap to the tune of desert. It is performed by groups of women moving in a circular fashion and in swirling robes accompanied by men and women singing together. This spectacular folk dance derived its name from ‘ghoomna’. Fascination starts when colors of the flowing ‘ghaghra’, the long skirt of the Rajasthani women flows during pirouetting. This splendid view fills body with enthusiasm and more when one joins the dance.
Kalbeliya dance, also known as 'Sapera Dance' or 'Snake Charmer Dance' is famous all over the world for its high beat passionate music and fascinating all-round fast body movements. Traditional snake charmers, the folk dancers sway to the lilt of the "Been" and beat of the drum. In Kalbeliya dance, males play various traditional instruments and females perform the dance. Their graceful and sinuous dance movements captivate all visitors. It is one of the most sensuous dances among all Rajasthani dances.
The Chari Dance
Chari dance describes the art of collecting water in a chari or pot by the Rajasthani women in their day to day life. In this dance, woman holds chari or pots on their head balancing it to perfection and a lighted lamp is then placed in the pot. These lit pots display beautiful effect in the dark night.
This is a very difficult form of Rajasthani dance and can only be performed by skilled artists. In this nail biting, suspenseful dance, the well skilled dancers balance a number of earthen pots or brass pitchers and then sway with the soles of their feet perched on the top of a glass and also sometime on the edge of a naked sword or on the rim of a brass thali (plate) during the performance.
Bhopa-Bhopi singing and dancing involves a male artiste called ‘Bhopa’ and another female artiste addressed as ‘Bhopi’. Only two artistes can render the program of songs and dances with two instruments used by the duo - Ravana Hattha (a stringed instrument) and Dholki (small drum). In Bhopa-Bhopi dance, artiste tells some old folk stories of Indian Folk God or king in sort of song and they dance on it.
Terah Taali Dance
This dance is generally performed by well skilled artists. Thirteen manjeeras (little brass disc) are tied to various parts of their body, which they strike with the ones they hold in their hand. This creates a rhythm on which the dancers move. The dancers perform various arabesques with their hands and the same time may also balance pots on their hands and hold a sword in their mouth, for making the performance more attractive. The dance begins with the women, who sit on the floor and her body parts are tied with the manjeeras. These are tied on their wrists, elbows, waists, arms and a pair in their hands as well and her accompanists chant slowly in rhythm.
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