GK Notes 2022 on Different States and their Folk Dances

By Ashwini Shivhare|Updated : September 14th, 2022

State-wise List of Folk Dances of India: Today we will learn one more important GK topic for SSC and Railway exams. Questions on Folk dances of different states are usually asked in almost every competitive exam like SSC, Railways etc. Aspirants can easily find 2 - 3 questions based on the folk dances of the states in the General Awareness section. So keeping the importance of the topic in mind, we are providing you with the list of all important folk dances which will be helpful to enhance your scores in the impending exams. Students should revise the list of folk dances of India state wise to score better in the SSC and Railway Exams 2022.

What are Folk Dances?

Indian folk dances, which usually consist of just a few basic steps, are performed all over the world to commemorate the arrival of a new season, childbirth, marriages, gatherings, and other social events. Men and women participate individually in some Indian folk dances, while they dance together in others. Most of the time, the dancers would be joined by singers as they perform. The majority of folk dances have elaborately made costumes.

GK Notes on States and their Folk Dances

State Dance forms
Arunachal PradeshBuiya, Chalo, Wancho, Pasi Kongki, Ponung, Popir, Bardo Chham
Uttar PradeshNautanki, Raslila, Kajri, Jhora, Chappeli, Jaita
ChhattisgarhGaur Maria, Panthi, Raut Nacha, Pandwani, Vedamati, Kapalik, Bharthari Charit, Chandaini

Tamil Nadu

Bharatanatyam, Kumi, Kolattam, Kavadi
GoaTarangamel, Koli, Dekhni, Fugdi, Shigmo, Ghode, Modni, Samayi nrutya, Jagar, Ranmale, Gonph, Tonnya mell
GujaratGarba, Dandiya Ras, Tippani Juriun, Bhavai
HaryanaJhumar, Phag, Daph, Dhamal, Loor, Gugga, Khor, Gagor
KeralaKathakali (Classical), Ottam Thulal, Mohiniattam, Kaikottikali
MizoramCheraw Dance, Khuallam, Chailam, Sawlakin, Chawnglaizawn, Zangtalam, Par Lam, Sarlamkai/Solakia, Tlanglam
Andhra Pradesh

Kuchipudi, Vilasini Natyam, Andhra Natyam, Bhamakalpam, Veeranatyam, Dappu, Tappeta Gullu, Lambadi, Dhimsa, Kolattam, Butta Bommalu 

Assam

Bihu, Bichhua, Natpuja, Maharas, Kaligopal, Bagurumba, Naga dance, Khel Gopal, Tabal Chongli, Canoe, Jhumura Hobjanai

Bihar

Jata-Jatin, Bakho-Bakhain, Panwariya, Sama Chakwa, Bidesia
 Himachal PradeshJhora, Jhali, Chharhi, Dhaman, Chhapeli, Mahasu, Nati, Dangi
KarnatakaYakshagan, Huttari, Suggi, Kunitha, Karga, Lambi

Jharkhand

Alkap, Karma Munda, Agni, Jhumar, Janani Jhumar, Mardana Jhumar, Paika, Phagua,Hunta Dance, Mundari Dance, Sarhul, Barao, Jhitka, Danga, Domkach, Ghora Naach

Jammu and Kashmir

Bacha Nagma Dance, Dumhal Dance, Rouf Dance, Kud Dance, Bhand Pather, Hafiza dance.
ManipurDol Cholam, Thang Ta, Lai Haraoba, Pung Cholom, Khamba Thaibi, Nupa Dance, Raslila, Khubak Ishei, Lhou Sha

Nagaland

Rangma, Bamboo Dance, Zeliang, Nsuirolians, Gethinglim, Temangnetin, Hetaleulee
 MaharashtraLavani, Nakata, Koli, Lezim, Gafa, Dahikala Dasavtar or Bohada
 OdishaOdissi (Classical), Savari, Ghumara, Painka, Munari, Chhau
Madhya Pradesh

Jawara, Matki, Aada, Khada Nach, Phulpati, Grida Dance, Selalarki, Selabhadoni, Maanch 

Meghalaya

Ka Shad Suk Mynsiem, Nongkrem, Laho

Tripura

Hojagiri
RajasthanGhumar, Chakri, Ganagor, Suisini, Ghapal, Kalbeliya, Jhulan Leela, Jhuma
 SikkimYak Chaam, Denzong Gnenha, Tashi Yangku Dance, Khukuri Naach, Chutkey Naach, Maruni Dance, Chu Faat Dance, Sikmari, Singhi Chaam or the Snow Lion Dance

Uttrakhand

Barada Nati, Choliya Dance, Jagars, Jhora, Bhotiya Dance, Chancheri, Chhapeli, Langvir Dance, Langvir Nritya, Pandav Nritya, Ramola, Shotiya Tribal Folk Dances, Thali-Jadda and Jhainta

West Bengal

Kathi, Gambhira, Dhali, Jatra, Baul, Marasia, Mahal, Keertan

Punjab

Bhangra, Giddha, Daff,  Naqual, Dhaman, Bhand
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FAQs

  • Around 2 - 3 questions based on folk dances of different states in the SSC and Railway Exams 2022.

  • "Phag" folk dance belongs to Haryana state.

  • Some popular folk dances of Punjab state are Bhangra, Giddha, Daff, Naqual, Dhaman, Bhand.

  • Some of the best general awareness books for SSC and Railway Exam 2022 are Lucent's General Knowledge, Arihant's 14000+ Objective questions on General knowledge.

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