Folk Dances of Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarhi culture is immersed with varieties of dance forms, primarily due to the number of tribes residing across the vast expanse of the state.
Bastar, the land of tribes and about 70% of the total population of Bastar comprises tribals, which is 26.76% of the total tribal population of Chhattishgarh. The major tribes of the Bastar region are the Gond, Maria, Bhatra ,Muriya, Halba,Dhuruva .
- Karma: In Chhattisgarh, This dance form is usually performed by tribal groups like Gonds, the Baigas and Oraons in Chhattisgarh. This dance form marks the end of rainy season and advent of spring.
2. Panthi Dance: Panthi Dance is one of the most important forms of folk dance in this region. A prominent ritual of the Satnami community of Chhattisgarh. The community celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Ghasidas on Maghi Purnima.
3. Gendi: This dancers are mounted on two long bamboo or just any firm sticks and maneuver through the crowd of other Gendi (sticks) ridden dancers. Thumping on the ground, maintaining excellent balance as they sway to the tribal acoustics and percussions – this is one amazing folk dance which has managed to keep it’s tradition alive.