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Indian Art and Craft – Ghoomar Dance

Indian Art and Craft – Ghoomar Dance

Ghoomar is a traditional Folk Dance form of Rajasthan. It was performed by the Bhil tribe in worship of Goddess Saraswathi. As per the tradition, newly married bride is expected to do the Ghoomar dance on being welcomed to her new marital home.

Ghoomar dance is performed by veiled women, wearing flowing dresses called Ghaghra. As the word Ghoomna describes the twirling movements, Ghoomar performers move in and out of a wide circle in similar movements.

Maharani Rajmata Goverdhan Kumari of Santrampur started the “Gangaur Ghoomar Dance Academy” in 1986. This academy was set up to promote and preserve the Ghoomar Folk Dance. She received “Padma Sri” award from the Government of India in 2007 for her contributions to arts.

Let us watch the Ghoomar dance in tune with the Padmavat Song “Ghoomar”. This was performed on stage as part of Season Five Performance at Boston University TSAI Performance Center in June 2018

Video used for illustration only – Credit: Boston Bollywood

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