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Udaipur, Dharohar, ghoomar dance

Udaipur, Dharohar ("heritage"), Rajasthani folk dancing in Bagore Ki Haveli

 

Udaipur is a city in the state of Rajasthan in western India. Udaipur is the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar in the former Rajputana Agency. The Sisodia clan of Rajputs ruled the Mewar and its capital was shifted from Chittorgarh to Udaipur after Maharana Udai Singh founded the city of Udaipur. The Mewar province became part of Rajasthan after India became independent.

 

Udaipur is often called the "Venice of the East", and is also nicknamed the "Lake City" or "City of Lakes". Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar in this city are considered the most beautiful lakes in the country.

 

Ghoomar is a traditional folk dance of Rajasthan, India and Sindh‚ Pakistan. Ghoomar was developed by the Bhil tribe and was then adopted by other Rajasthani communities. It is performed by women in swirling robes, and accompanied by men and women singing together.

 

This folk dance gets its name from ‘ghoomna’, the pirouetting which displays the spectacular colors of the flowing ‘ghaghara’, the long skirt of the Rajasthani women. There is an amazing grace as the skirts flair slowly while the women twirl in circles, their faces covered with the help of veils. They use measured steps and various graceful inclinations of the body, beating palms or snapping fingers at particular cadences while singing lilting songs. Mostly Goddess Saraswati is worshiped during this dance. This dance is usually done in a circle.

 

(sources: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udaipur and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghoomar)

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Taken on December 8, 2008