Folk Art of Madhya Pradesh – Phagun Folk Arts of Rajasthan – Ten tali & Duff Dance
Folk Art of Gujarat – Dhandiya Ras
This episode starts with the state of Madhya Pradesh (MP) in Central India. The world famous
Khajuraho group of temples if located in MP. MP is well known for its diamond mines and
dense forests. Where does a forest stand without rains? . The village folk of MP are
overjoyed on seeing rain clouds and perform the rain dance Phagun. This episode also
features Tera tali – a Rajasthani folk dance where small symbols or manjiras are tied to the
hands and legs of the dancers and bells sound in rhythm as they dance. This is followed by
another Rajasthani number Duff Dance, performed with small circular drums in hand, during
the Holi festival. The men and women of Gujarat perform Dhandiya Ras – a vigorous and
rhythmic dance with batons, where the dancers leap and crouch in twirling patterns.
Episode Twelve Folk Arts of Rajasthan – Bhavai & Tippani Folk Art of
Mizoram – Bamboo dance Mohiniattam by Nandita Prabhu
This episode starts with a Rajasthani folk number “Bhavai” danced by balancing several pots
one above the other. Most of the folk dances evolved as a spontaneous way of life rather
than entertainment. For example, “TIPPANI” was danced as the women labours were laying roads
much before the arrival of mechanized gadgets for road-laying. Indeed rhythm is the
back-bone of dance and the tribes of Mizoram in Eastern India perform the Bamboo dance,
weaving intricate patterns in and out of the bamboo sticks. As we travel about 3000 kms from
Nagaland to Southeastern India, we come to the green landscape of Kerala, known for its
backwaters coconut trees and martial arts, besides dance forms. This episode also features
Mohiniattam – a classical dance form of Kerala, performed gracefully by Nandita Prabhu.
Episode Thirteen Folk Art of Rajasthan – Baaraath Folk Art of Tamil
Nadu – Kolattam Bharatanrityam by Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam
There is no city or state in the world which does not celebrate a wedding. However there are
some people who celebrate it with pomp and splendour like the Rajasthanis. Here is a dance
Baaraat describing a Rajasthani wedding. We move back to Tamilnadu where we started and show
a small folk number Kolakattam performed by young girls in villages. All the dance forms we
have seen in this serial, the classical and folk forms of India, have a common heritage,
derived from Natyashastra. This aspect of Unity in diversity has been well researched by Dr.
Padma Subramanyam and forms the basis of her style BharataNrityam. This episode features a
Kuyilpattu Varnam (a song by poet Subrmaniya Bharati) performed by Dr. Padma. The serial
concludes with a montage of the various dance forms portrayed in these 13 parts.
Producer Dr. Mohana Krishnaswamy
More than two hundred celebrity dancers of India have been brought together for the first
time, in this 13 episode TV Serial which features the different classical styles of India as
well as several folk art forms across the country.
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