Folk Dances


Bhangra is the most popular community dance of all the Punjabi’s, previously it was played at the time of harvesting season. But now it has acquired Social & Secular character. Bhangra has become the heart & soul of each and every function. Bhangra is most pupolar & one of most ancient folk dances of Punjab State. Its danced with the rhythmic beats of a big drum called Dhol, Flute (Algoje) & Chimta. With each new song dancers change their steps & execute many variations of the dance using some traditional instruments such as Khunde, Chhikkey (Supp). The costume of Bhangra include common dress of peasants comprising a printed or a plain lion cloth (Chaadra), a loose shirt (Kurta), a velvet waist coat & a colourful Turban (Pagri) & waist best. A loose necklace with golden beads called (Kaintha) is the male jewellary.


Gidha is a purely female folk dance of Punjab performed by women by clapping, stepping & singing bolian in which they express their feelings pertaining to different relationship.


Sammi is another female folk dance of Sandal Bar, now in Pakistan. Sammi, the heroine along with her friends dance together with Songs of Love.


Jhumar is a male dance Performed in the area between Ravi & Chenab. It is a slow & natural dance performed with full intoxication & imitating the actions of ladies. Late Pokhar Singh & his friends have made this dance popular in Malwa region of Punjab.


Malwai Giddha is a dance of Malwa region. Old or young dance with the help of Punjabi Folk instruments. One of the dancers starts it by singing in the middle of semi circle & backing vocal by all the dancers & in the end of the boli singing, the climax comes with the playing all the instruments together.


Jindua is one type of Song, but now the days it is performed with the dance steps & singing by couples for expressing their feelings about each other.