Dances of India

The number of recognized classical dances of India range from eight to more, depending on the source and scholar. The Sangeet Natak Akademi recognizes eight – Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathakali, Sattriya, Manipuri and Mohiniyattam.

Classical Dances of India:
Bharat Natyam – Tamil Nadu;
Bihu – Assam;
Bhangra – Punjab;
Chhau – Bihar, Orissa, W. Bengal and Jharkhand;
Garhwali – Uttaranchal;
Garba – Gujarat;
Hattari – Karnataka;
Kathak – North India;
Kathakali – Kerala;
Kutchipudi – Andhra Pradesh;
Khantumm – Mizoram;
Karma – Madhya Pradesh;
Laho – Meghalaya;
Mohiniattam – Kerala;
Mando – Goa;
Manipuri – Manipur;
Nati – Himachal Pradesh;
Nat-Natin – Bihar;
Odissi – Orissa;
Rauf – Jammu & Kashmir;
Yakshagan – Karnataka;

Folk and Tribal Dances of India:
Maharashtra – Kathakeertan, Lezin, Dandaniya, Tamasha, Gafa, Dahikala, Lovani, Mauni, Dasavtar.
Karnataka – Huttari, Suggi Kunitha, Yakashagana
Kerala – Kaikottikali, Kaliyattam, Tappatikkali
Tamil Nadu – Kolattam, Pinnal Kolattam, Kummi, Kavadi, Karagam
Andhra Pradesh – Ghanta Mardala, Veedhi Natakam, Burrakatha
Orissa – Ghumara Sanchar, Chadya Dandanata, Chhau
West Bengal – Kathi, Chhau, Baul, Kirtan, Jatra, Lama
Assam – Bihu, Khel Gopal, Rash Lila, Tabal Chongli, Canoe
Punjab – Giddha (women), Bhangra (men)
J & K – Rauf, Hikat
Himachal Pradesh – Jhora, Jhali, Dangli, Mahasu, Jadda, Jhainta, Chharhi
Haryana – Jhumar, Ras Leela, Phag dance, Daph, Dhamal, Loor, Gugga, Khoria, Gagor
Gujarat – Garba, Dandiya Rass, Tippani, Gomph
Rajasthan – Ginad, Chakri, Gangore, Terahtaal, Khayal, Jhulan Leela, Jhuma, Suisini
Bihar – Jata Jatin, Jadur, Chhau, Kathaputli, Bakho, Jhijhiya, Samochakwa, Karma, Jatra, Natna
Uttar Pradesh – Nautanki, Thora, Chappeli, Raslila, Kajri.

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