Art & Culture in Madhya Pradesh

By Trupti Thool|Updated : April 1st, 2022

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Art & Culture in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh emerged as an Indian state in the year 1956.  With the bifurcation of Chhattisgarh in 2000, modern-day Madhya Pradesh came into being. Madhya Pradesh is considered to be the heart of India. 

Madhya Pradesh is famous for Tribal Paintings, Durrie Weavings, Bagh Printings, Maheshwari Sarees, Batik Printings, Nanda Printings, Marble Art of Bhedaghat and for Bead Jewellery.


The fine artworks and handicrafts like - Woven cotton or silk sarees, fabrics with block prints, stuffed toys, floor coverings, bamboo work, cane work, jute work, woodcraft, iron craft, stone craft, metal craft, terra cotta, zari work, folk paintings, ornaments, dolls and the uncanny work of Gond painting and the traditional carpets of Gwalior. Crafts like bamboo and jute work are widely traded.

Madhya Pradesh is popular for its classical music, folk music, tribal music, ceremonial music, ritual music and Indian classical music and is home to four prominent Gharanas of Hindustani classical music—   

  1. Maihar Gharana- It is one of the oldest schools of Hindustani classical music. The school was established by Allaudin Khan in the princely state of Maihar (now in present Madhya Pradesh). It is therefore sometimes referred to as the Maihar-Senia Gharana.
  2. Gwalior Gharana- It is the oldest Khayal Gharana in Indian classical music. The origin of the Gwalior Gharana began with the reign of the Mughal emperor Akbar (1542–1605). The favourite singer of this Gharana such as Miyan Tansen.
  3. Indore Gharana- It is one of the vocal gharanas of Indian classical music. It was founded by Amir Khan. Some of the characteristics of this Gharana are- Characteristics of the Indore Gharana are- slow-tempo raga development, improvisation mostly in lower and middle octaves, a tendency towards serious and expansive (darbari) ragas and emphasis on melody.

It is very interesting to know that different types of drums can be seen in Madhya Pradesh.  The large drums of Bastar, the dhols and maandals played by the Bhils, the ghera, timki, chang and diphala .

Folk Songs of Madhya Pradesh

Malwa Region

  • Bharthari
  • Sanja
  • Hid
  • Barsati
  • Nirguni
  • Relo


  • Sant Singhaji Bhajan
  • Nathpanthi Gayan
  • Garba-Garbi


  • Aalha Gayan
  • Bholageet or Bambulia
  • Bairayat
  • Dewari
  • Faag Song
  • Hardaul ki Manauti


  • Basdeva
  • Birha
  • Bans Song
  • Sidev

Folk Dances of Madhya Pradesh

One of the most popular folk dance of Madhya Pradesh is matki that involve several local rituals. All traditional dances are associated with the religious sentiments of people of the particular region of MP. Madhya Pradesh government on a regular basis organizes a festival “Lokranjan” on a large scale which acts as a platform for various tribes of Madhya Pradesh to flourish their religious and cultural heritage in the form of folk dance or music. Other popular folk dances of Madhya Pradesh:- 


  • Aadha-Khada and Rajwadi
  • Matki dance


  • Gangaur
  • Kathi
  • Fefaria
  • Madalya
  • Danda dance


  • Kanda
  • Badhai
  • Rai
  • Saira
  • Dhamrai


  • Pardhoni
  • Dadar Dance
  • Kehra dance
  • Kalsa dance

Folk paintings of Madhya Pradesh


  • Savnahi
  • Sanja
  • Mandna
  • Diwasa
  • Chitravan


  • Pagalya
  • Thapa
  • Mandna
  • Mordhan
  • Jiroti


  • Kohbar
  • Tilanga


  • Morte
  • Kohbar
  • Naurta
  • Chowk
  • Godan Govardhan


Madhya Pradesh deeply gives preference to each religion and every reign.   Forts, temples, caves, tombs, stupas, reservoirs mark the importance of incredible India.

  • Khajuraho Temples -- a reflection of real Nagara Architecture.
  • The structure of Sanchi Stupa was constructed by King Ashoka to preserve the teachings of Lord Buddha. The hemispherical dome is a perfect round and tells the tales of the great Mauryan dynasty.
  • Jahaz Mahal, is an establishment preserving its literal meaning, "Jahaz" means Ship and "Mahal" means fort. The place is surrounded by a pond, giving a real look of a palace floating in the water.
  • Jai Vilas Palace is a blend of British-Italian architecture.
  • Hoshang Shah's Tomb is believed to be the first-ever marble architecture made.

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