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Folk dances of India

Monday, June 22nd, 2009 | Author:

The folk dances of India which originally must have been a form of social interaction or entertainment are now the integral heritage factor of our modern India. They depict the emotions in coordination with the theme or festival. The particular season also exhibits the passion and exuberance of colors interplayed with the melody in the rich regional language that is rendered with raw traditional instruments, drum beats and the voices of village folk. The clothes and adornments are related typically to each state.


In the South of India, the kavadi dance is a major event where the festival of Lord Karthikeya is celebrated with pompous movements and piercings on the body. Pole balancing is also a form of kavadi dance. The ghoomar dance of Rajasthan is a perfect mix of style in speed and grace. It is a difficult art form with sudden stops, circular movements and also steps that are typically Rajasthani. The ghungat-veil and flared skirt accentuates the twirls in the dance. The godhi or horse dance is another variant of folk dancing from Rajashthan.


The bhangra dance is now a popular dance all over the world owing to the hip hop element in fusion music. Originally these are performed by jats or Punjabis to celebrate any festive occasion. Full of energy and effort the giddha dance is typically a ladies affair and Punjabi dress clad women do full justice by participating eventfully. The Orissa folk dance has a format in Jumar and the Kela Kulani is another folk dance from here.


There are other dances like Garba raas which is now an all India ritual during Navratri. This is also a major get together festival for NRI’s who happily participate in the 9 day festival performing the garba and dandia. The Onam dance of Kerala is a typical movement of Kay Koti Kali that is highlighted with claps and taps. Any dance has its significance with jewelry, songs and melody that is the rich tradition of the state.


Glass Paintings

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 | Author:

India is a land of art, craft, culture, tradition and religion. It has wide range of artistic forms. However, the artistic foundation in India is as old as 2000 years or more. A person can find the artistic traditions of India hidden in its diversified cultures, regions, traditions and religions of ancient times. The history of the Indian art depicts stories of the times even before the papers and brushes came into existence. In olden days, the art was practiced in India on the leaves of the palm tree where varied illustrations and textures were created.


Gradually came the evolution of Glass painting. It all started around 18th and 19th century when the western world, Europe had already mastered in the field of glass painting. One of the Chinese artist learned this art form Europe and this helped China to export quality paintings to Europe. During that time, India was sharing very strong trade relationship with China, which helped in getting this unique and extraordinary form of art to India.


Initially the local artists who were involved in painting the famous stories and epics on the glass mainly used glass painting. One of the most common forms of the glass paintings is that of Lord Ganesha painting. Glass painting requires special kind of glass, which was especially imported from countries like Britain and Belgium.


Glass painting was majorly based on either the European themes or the Traditional themes. These mainly included either the pictures of God or epics like Ramayana or European portraits, which ultimately created a big market and were very high on demand.  Some Northern and Southern regions of India are still very popular for Glass painting practice.  


Times will go and come but this unique form of art will still be there to tell the stories of our ancestral past.