Indian Dance and Dancers

Dance is an important part of Indian culture. People of different states in India have different cultures. There are different types of dances for different states according to their culture. Kuchipudi is one of the most famous dance form of Andhra Pradesh, where Bharatnatyam of Tamil Nadu is a popular and well known dance in all over India. Dance is a kind of things that can entertain people very much. Let’s have a look on some popular dance forms and famous dancers.


Dances of different states in India
StateDance form
Andhra Pradesh:Kuchipudi, Kollattam
Arunachal pradesh:Bardo Chham
Assam:Bihu, Jhumur nach, Bagurumba
Jharkhand:Chhau, karma
Chhattisgarh:Panthi, Raut Nacha
Gujrat:Garba, Padhar, Dandiya Raas/Stick dance, Tippani folk dance
Himachal Pradesh:Nati, Kinnauri nati, Namgen
Jammu and Kashmir:Rauf, Hikat, Dumhal
Karnataka:Yakshagana, Hattari
Kerala:Kathakali, Kaikottikali, Mohiniattam
Madhya Pradesh:Karma, Tertali, Charkula, Jawara, Matki dance, Phulpati dance, Grida dance, Maanch, Gaur maria dance
Maharashtra:Pavri nach, Tamasha, Lavani, Lezin
Manipur:Manipuri, Thang ta, Dhol cholom
Mizoram:Khantumm, Cheraw dance
Nagaland:Chang lo/Sua lua
Odisha:Chhau dance, Ghumura dance, Goti pua, Nacni, Odissi, Baagh naach/Tiger dance, Dalkhai, Dhap, Ghumra, karma naach, Keisabadi
Puducherry:Garadi
Punjab:Bhangra, Giddha, Malwai giddha, Jhumar, karthi, Kikli, Sammi, Dandass, Ludi, Jindua
Rajasthan:Gangore, Ginad, Ghoomar, Jhulan leela, Kalbelia, Khayal, Bommalattam, Theru Koothu
Tripura:Hojagiri
Tamil nadu:Bharat natyam
West bengal:Chau dance, Gambhira, Jhumar, Kalikapatadi, Nacni, Alkap, Domni
Famous dancers in India
Dance formPersonalities
BharatnatyamBala Saraswati, Rukmini Devi, Yamini Krishnamurti, Mrinalini Saravai, Sonal Mansinha, Sudha Chandran
Yamini Krishnamurti, Raja Reddi, Chintakrishna Murli
KathakaliKunjukurup, Gopinathan, K. K. Pannikar, Sanata Rao, kanak Rele, Ragini Devi, Rita Ganguli
KathakBirzu Maharaj, Gopikrishnan, Sitara devi, Damayanti Joshi, Roshan Kumari, Lacchu Maharaj, Sambhu Maharaj, Uma Sharma
OddisiKalicharan Pattyanayak, Kelucharan Mahapatra, Sutapa Dasgupta, Sanjukta panigrahi, Indrani rahaman, Sonal man Singh, Minati Das, Priyambada Mohanti
Guru Bipin Singh, Javeri Bhagni