My letter for the Day is ‘G’
Well, today I am going to talk about an Indian folk dance form of Bhil tribe. This dance form was adopted by the Rajputs. Yes, my today’s dance form is ‘Ghoomar’. Now it is not only popular among Rajasthani communities, even all Indian youngsters love to follow the dance steps.
We know what the reason is 🙂
How could we forget Deepika’s brilliant performance for the song ‘Ghoomar’ in the movie ‘Padmaavat’? Watching her royal performance was a real treat to the eyes. She took over a month-and-a-half to learn this Ghoomar dance steps correctly.
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This dance form celebrates the womanhood and all the dancers perform so gracefully. The songs of Ghoomar are so full of energy and sung by a group of men and women.
How to perform this dance?
‘Ghoomar’ the word comes from ‘ghoomna’. The Rajasthani women dance clockwise and anti-clockwise in a circle. It is a graceful and jubilant performance of any age group with easy swaying movements. In the circle they spin and dance. They unite their hands, beating palms or snapping fingers in a rhythmic manner. Synchronization is the main thing of this dance form and the dancers swirl in speed as the tempo of the dance increases.
Dhol (drum), Jhalar (an idiophone), Algoza (a kind of double flute), Dholak, Nagara, bowl–shaped drums, Shehnai (the wind instrument) and harmonium – these are used in a ‘Ghoomar’ dance.
Rajasthani people love vibrant colors. Here also, the group of women wear heavily embroidered colorful ghagra choli along with blouses and cover their face with veil. When the dancers twirl in circles, the ghagra made in colorful hues, flair slowly and create a rainbow of colors.
The ‘Ghoomar’ dancers love to adorn themselves with silver and kundan jewelry with mirror-work necklace.
‘Ghoomar’ is performed in different occasions and festivals like Holi, Gangaur, Teej etc. Among Rajputs, the newly wed bride is also asked to perform this dance. Primary attraction of the dance is the colorful outfits and the swirling.
Sharing here some more videos of Ghoomar Dance performance:
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Such a beautiful dance form 🙂
Hi, Sayari,good know about such things about Ghoomor dance. Yes, I loved Dipika’s Ghoomar in Padmavat and read many criticisms about it. From then I had a curiosity about this dance form….but forgot to search in Google. Thanks for sharing.
oh! 🙂 you are welcome
Be it Deepika redefining royalty in her Padmavati avatar or her intricately-designed, traditional lehnga with gorgeous Rajputaani necklace–everything screams perfection in the song. While the ever-so-ethereal Deepika swaying flawlessly is magical, and the song has captivated our imagination, not many know much about the dance form that she nearly perfected in this song. Interestingly, Ghoomar is not only an act of singing and dancing but this folk dance is also a symbol of womanhood–a rite of passage in which young girls participate, declaring that they are entering womanhood. The ghoomar dance, as well as its ensemble, are heavily praised and have received worldwide appreciation.
thanks for your input..yes its a kind of declaration that you are entering into the womanhood.
Loved reading the wonderful background of the dance form. My mom is a Rajasthani and so I’ve familiar with the customs and culture of the state. But I still enjoyed reading this. Shall show it to mom too 🙂
oh! Thats really great. Thanks dear
Love Ghoomar dance performances done by the local dancers in Rajasthan 🙂