----------------------------------
 
Member States :
 
56/1, Temple Road, Civil Lines, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India : 440001
Folk Dances
Dhimsa Dance (Andhra Pradesh)

Dhimsa is a traditional folk dance in Andhra Pradesh especially of Vishakhapatnam district.  It is a tribal dance.  This performance takes place on the occasion of Marriage Day and hunting.  This dance is performed usually on four days before and four days after full moon days.  This dance is performed by the ladies and gents of the troupe with joyful mood.  This dance performance includes the singer and the dholak man.  This dance is mostly performed in the night.

BURRA   KATHA  ( ANDHRA  PRADESH  )

Burra Katha is story telling with the aid of percussion instruments and cymbals. The party comprises at least three minstrels specially trained in family tradition. The stories narrated and the songs, deal with heroic figures, mostly of Andhra Pradesh.

This narration in musical notes dates back to pre-Ramayana days. Valmiki the epic poet, published this great story through two skilled rhapsodists-Kusha- Lava. They sang the Rama Saga to their countrymen and finally before Rama. Though the text of the epic gained the status of a classic its performance was in folk medium with the pasage of time, these rhapsodic traditions continued taking regional forms and the main aim was to preach, entertain or provide diversions for rural folk.

THAPETA GULLU ( ANDHRA PRADESH)

Thapettagullu is also a folk form in which more than 10 people take part, singing songs in praise of local goddess. The dancers use drums which are hang in their necks. They beat them and create melodious rythems. They perform acrobats while beating drums. The troupe is originated from Srikakulam District.


MATHURI  DANCE  (ANDHRA  PRADESH)

This folk dance is generally performed by backward class people of Umji, and Indravells forest areas of Utnoor Taluka of Adilabad District in Andhra Pradesh. They dance hours together on Krishna Astami in Sravan Masam during night times. The compositions are based on Ramayana. This dance is performed by Woman  & Men separately. The women will dance in slow rhythmic moments and the men dance in fast rhythmic moments. They wear colorful dress handkerchiefs and small sticks in hands. The instruments used for the dance one Nagaras.

DAPPU  DANCE  (ANDHRA PRADESH  )

The dance is performed mainly by Harizan ( Scheduled Caste) of Andhra Pradesh 16 to 20 artists participate in group dance. Dappu is made of wood frame and covered with goat leather in round shape.

The artists carry the instruments on their shoulder and beat rhythmatically with sticks. Besides they wear anklet bells and dance according to rhythm they produce on Dappu. This dance will be generally performed in festivals and fairs i.e. in Dasara, Jataras and marriage processions and also during death procession. It is the custom of Telangana area that they put the Dappu Dance as first item in procession.
GARAGALU   (ANDHRA PRADESH)

In the worship of God music  has been part and parcel since times immemorial. The Garada dance is the important part of worship of Village Gods - unless the danced is performed accompanied by “dappu” instrument the worship of village God is not complete. Poorna Kumbha - the brass vessal used as panapattam. The dancers hold is on the heads and dance keeping the balance. The vessal will be decorated with various colours to give the poorna Kumba an exequisite appearance. This Garaga is personification of Prakruthi and Purusha or Parvathi Parameshwara. This dance form is mainly found in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. These dancers will be the poojaris of the temples of village Gods.

KOYA  (ANDHRA PRADESH )

Koya is a sect. The followers of it are tribals who live in the eastern mountainous regions of Andhra Pradesh known as Eastern ghats. It is also a folk form. The tribals sing songs in praise of the local deity and dance to the rhythm of music.

PULI VESHAM OR TIGER DANCE  (ANDHRA PRADESH)

This is a popular one-man dance form performed during Dussahara and Muharram festivals. An able-bodied man with a narrow strip of cloth around the waist, and the whole body painted with stripes like those of a tiger and elaborate make up, sporting a long tail, dances vigorously with tiger strides and wild jumps, while a dappu or mridangam provides the required rhythm. In some parts of Andhra a second man behind the dancer carries the artificial but heavy tail tied to the back of the dancer. The dancer sometimes lifts with his teeth a brass pot full of water, depicting an unruly tiger’s devouring nature and strength.

QUAWALI  (ANDHRA PRADESH )
It is a song sung in praise of Mohammad paigamber the great Prophet. The content of quawalis generally dwells on subject such as truthfulness, honesty, faith

G O N D  :  (ANDHRA PRADESH )

The dance is also called Gusadi dance.  This dance is being observed mainly in Adilabad District of Andhra Pradesh.  In order to make their lives happy they pray local Goddess only males take part in this dance.

L A M B A D A   (ANDHRA PRADESH )

Lambada is mainly performed in Holi Festival and marriage ceremonies.  They wear colourful
dresses.  In this dance only ladies take part.  They sings songs which is a mixture of Telugu,
Marathi and Hindi.  They use Daf for rythm.

MADHURA DANCE   ( ANDHRA PRADESH )

This folk dance is generally performed by backward class people of Umji , and Indravells forest areas of Utnoor Taluka of Adilabad District in Andhra Pradesh.  They dance hours together on Krishna Ashtami in Sravan Masam during night times.  The compositions are based on Ramayana.  This dance is performed by women & Men seperately.  The women will dance in slow rythemic moments and the men dance in fast rythemic mopments.  They wear
colourful dresses handkerdhiefs and small sticks in hands.  The instruments used for the dance one Nagaras.

VEERNATYAM  (ANDHRA PRADESH)

It is also called Veerangam and Veerabhadra Nrityam. Siva outraged consequent on the humiliation mated out Sathi Devi his first wife picked up a relic out of his Jatajhuta and created Veerabhadram. Veerabhadram took the fierce form and smashed the Yakshayagna Vatika. The form finds place in Draksharama in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh which is stated to be the place of Dakshawatika and birth of Veerabhadra. The Veeramusti community which claims to be a descendents of Veerabhadra perform this dance with the instruments Thambura, Soolam, Dolu, Thasha and Veeranam.

BONALU   (ANDHRA PRADESH):

Folk festival which is observed mainly in Telangana Region in Andhra Pradesh. The dancers ( the ladies ) take pots on their heads while the males dance around them in praise of the deity Mahakali. They cook various foods and offer them to goddess Kali in order to make them happy. The male dancers are called potharajus. The troups is originated from Hyderabad.

MATHURI  DANCE  (ANDHRA  PRADESH):
This folk dance is generally performed by backward class people of Umji, and Indravells forest areas of Utnoor Taluka of Adilabad District in Andhra Pradesh. They dance hours together on Krishna Astami in Sravan Masam during night times. The compositions are based on Ramayana. This dance is performed by Woman  & Men separately. The women will dance in slow rhythmic moments and the men dance in fast rhythmic moments. They wear colorful dress handkerchiefs and small sticks in hands. The instruments used for the dance one Nagaras.