Bhavai the folk dance

According to Wiki and Utsavpedia,” Bhavai is a folk dance popular in Rajasthan state in western India. The male or female performers balance a number of earthen pots or brass pitchers as they dance nimbly, pirouetting and then swaying with the soles of their feet perched on the top of a glass, on the edge of the sword or on the rim of a brass thali (plate) during the performance.
This dance is inspired by the fact that in the age of feudalism, and to some extent even today, the women of Rajasthan have had to walk for miles on end with a number of pots in order to fill water. When translated into dance, the women carry seven to nine pots on their heads and perform some of the most exciting feats with grace and ease.

The highlight of this dance, besides the balancing of or on objects, is also the depiction of the strength, nimbleness and absolute grace in the posture of the women as they travel back and forth each day from the communal well.
Woman wear ghaghra cholis along with colorful dupattas and silver ornaments. The ghaghra as opposed to the lehenga is slightly shorter but is ideal for dancing, especially one as tricky as the Bhawai, as it allows absolute freedom of movement while also safeguarding the wearer from tripping over their own clothes”.:)

 

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Author: King Pan

King Pan, is the history of Panwar's. They are Indian Hindu. They speak Hindi and Rajasthani languages.

4 thoughts on “Bhavai the folk dance”

  1. I am clumsy – I would probably drop at least one of the pots during the dance. I do love to see native folk dancing for any country. It is so lively and colorful and such expertise as well.

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    1. I think only professionals or dancers can do. I don’t know how to either. I have never tried. yes, It is amazing. Maybe if you want to try it will be fun. We don’t’ have to be an expert for everything.:)

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      1. Years ago, when I still lived in Canada, so 50 years ago, our gym consisted of learning folk dancing. That was part of our gym regimen and it was interesting as our teacher had all the music from that country and showed us the ethnic dress from different cultures. When I was in college, I was in student government and we brought “Ballet Folklorico” to the school. It was amazing watching them dance with their skirts that they twirled while dancing and they had castanets as well, so they clicked like flamenco dancers with the castanets. Takes coordination!

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