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Kalbelia Dance

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Kalbelia Dance Evolution



Kalbelia dance is a dance of Kalbelia tribe of Rajasthan. This tribe is a community of Rajasthan which in ancient times known to move frequently from one place to another rather than staying and building their homes in one place. Kalbelia tribe people are known to have the main occupation of catching snakes and trading snake venom. They are also called Sapera’s or Snake Charmers. Kalbelia folk dance is performed by females on the tunes of Been on the occasion of joy in the Kalbelia community. There is no organized training system or school, manuscripts, and written text to teach and learn Kalbelia songs and Kalbelia dance. This folk art is transmitted from generation to generation.

Kalbelia Dance

Kalbelia Dance is a very famous dance in Rajasthan India. Kalbelia dance is of the kalbelia tribe of Rajasthan, the snake charmers. Kalbelia community’s occupation being catching snakes and trading snake venom in Rajasthan. Dancers dress traditional black swirling skirts during Kalbelia Dance. Kalbelia Women and Girls dance on the Rajasthani folk music during this dance. Rajasthani folk music plays in the background and the Kalbelia women and girls dance. The Kalbelia Dance perform in the time of any big festival or any cultural dance program in Rajasthan India. Kalbelia Dance of Rajasthan is a unique dance of kalbelias. Two or three women sing traditional Rajasthani songs and others plays the musical instruments. During Bhavai dance there are some of the musical instruments play with folk music like pakhwaja, dholak, jhanjhar, sarangi, harmonium and plaintive notes of the ‘been’ which is the wooden instrument of the snake charmers. During the Kalbelia Dance of rajasthan, we can see the flexibility of the dancer’s body.

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Rajasthan, as a state of India, is full of treasures which have grabbed the attention of the people for centuries. The state is home to various communities, tribes, cultures and folk dances.
One such folk dance, popularly known as Kalbelia, is recognized globally. It got international recognition and is included in UNESCO’s representative of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2010.
Kalbelia is also known as Sapera or Snake Charmer Dance. This dance is performed by a Rajasthani tribe which mainly resides in the Jaisalmer region. In this dance a variety of instruments are played by men whilst dance is performed by women.
Sapera Dance is a vital part of Rajasthan’s culture and tradition. The tribe who invented this dance form is Kalbelia. Since they were nomadic they traveled from place to place. That is why the dance is known and popular all over Rajasthan.

Kalbelia Tribe


Kalbelia tribe started this popular dance form. The members of this tribe are known as gypsies as instead of residing at one place they keep on traveling from one place to another for work. Traditionally their main occupation included catching of snakes and then trading their venom. Due to this, they are also known as Sapera or Snake charmers.
Kalbelia dance is generally performed on a festive occasion in the Kalbelia community. This folk dance is performed by women who dance to the tunes of Been. Link to video of live performance is at the end of the article.
The dance and songs are neither taught in any school or institute nor are there proper manuscripts and written books to learn from. Following the oral tradition, the dance is taught by one generation to another.

Kalbelia Dance and Musical Instruments

The dance is performed to the traditional tune which is played using a musical instrument known as Poongi or Been. Kalbelia tribe catch the snake by using this woodwind musical instrument. Apart from Poongi, there are many other musical instruments used during performances for e.g. Dufli, Morchang, Dholak, Khanjari, and Khuralio. When these instruments are played with the music that one hears is exceedingly sensuous.

Kalbelia Dance Clothing

The main performers are women. They perform on the tone of Been and imitate the moves of the snake. Women wear traditional Kalbelia dress while dancing. It constitutes Angrakhi, Odhani, and Ghagra.

The performers wear an Angrakhi on their upper body part. The sleeves of Angrakhi can be of half-length or full length. The head of the dancers is covered by Odhani. Ghagra is also is known as Lehenga. It is a long skirt that Kalbelia dancers wear during a performance. Ghagra has a very wide circumference which is vividly accentuated while the dancers take a twirl.

The color of the entire dress is generally black which have red decorative laces on the boundary. A black snake with white spots or white strips is weaved on the dress with the help of a silver thread. The thread is sewed in a way that it resembles a snake. To grab the attention of the audience many colorful patterns and designs have also been made with the help of the small mirrors.

This traditional dress is accompanied with traditional jewelry. Dancers wear necklaces and Maang tikka around their neck and head which is made up of beads. Along with this they also wear bangles and armlets. If the sleeves of the Angrakhi is full length then dancers do not wear bangles. To produce tickling sound dancers also wear thick ghungrus or anklets.

The Kalbeliyas is a snake-charmer community from Rajasthan, which performs the Kalbeliya dance. They rely heavily on this dance performance for their living. The Kalbeliya women dancers wear long, black colored, drindled-skirts heavily worked with embroidery and light-colored thread along with small pieces of mirrors. This costume draws attention in a somewhat strange way. The dance is usually performed by a pair of dancers.

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This is a famous dance of females belonging to the Gujjar community of Kishangarh. These ladies carry brass pots on their heads balancing it to perfection. Often these pots are kept ignited with the cotton seeds dipped in oil. These lit pots display beautiful effect in the dark night. Chari Dance does not have any particular movements except balancing the pots on their heads. These ladies dance like ghoomar. Instruments played are Dhol, bankiya, and thali. This dance is a significance of goodness and is known as a welcome dance also. Gujjar ladies wear big nose rings, on top of their heads they wear khol(define) of coconut. Sampan ladies wear gold ornaments, Hansli, timniya, mogri, punchi, bangdi, gajra, armlets, Karli, tanka, navr are the main ornaments. Chari Dance is a very famous dance in Rajasthan, India. Gathering water in a chari or a pot is a part of the daily life of women of Rajasthan. Chari Dance Dancers dress traditional Rajasthani colorful dresses during Dance. The Rajasthani folk music play with dhol, harmonium, nagada, and dholak during Chari dance. Chari Dance is a very attractive dance of Rajasthan. This is performed at the time of marriage occasions, on the birth of a male child or any big festival celebration in Rajasthan India. The women go many miles to collect water for the families and the joy is reflected through this Chari Dance of Rajasthan. Chari Dance of Rajasthan is performed by groups of dancers in which women hold chari or pots on their head and a lighted lamp is then placed in the pot. During chari dance woman dance with balancing brass pots [chari] on their heads. Women move together and dance in the same sequence. “Udaipur Event Management Has performed events at domestic Cities like Jaipur, Rajasthan, Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Faridabad, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Indore, Bhopal, Siliguri (Assam), Hyderabad, Ahmedabad (Gujrat), Gurgaon, Chandigarh (Punjab), Guhawati, Kolkata,Patna, Surat, Nagpur, Vishakhapatnam Etc. even in Abroad Cities Dubai, Qatar, United Arab of Emirates, Oman, South Africa, London, Sydney (Australia), Newyork, Washington DC Etc. and popular in google as many below key terms as Chari Dance Groups For Bookings, Chari Dance Troupes For Hire, Rajasthani Chari Dancers, Hire a Group of Folk Chari Dance Troops For Party Or Event, and these different music taste has been performed in many Indian cities and abroad. We provide Rajasthani folk dancers, Rajasthani dance group, folk dance in Jaipur, a musical group in Jaipur, live band in Jaipur, Folk Chari Dance Group, Chari Dancers Troupe Group Rajasthan, Hire/Book Folk Chari Dancers.

Chari Dance

Introduction of Chari Dance

Chari Dance is a very well-known dance of Rajasthan, India. Collecting Water in a Chari or a Pot is a part of daily Life of Women of Rajasthan. In Chari, Dance Dancers dress traditional Rajasthani colorful dresses during the dance. The Rajasthani Folk music is played with nagada, Dholak, Dhol, and harmonious, during Chari dance. 
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Chari dance is a very attractive dance of Rajasthan. The Chari dance is performed at the time of Marriage occasions, on the birth of a male child or any big festival in Rajasthan, India.

Chari dance is a well-known dance of females who belongs to the Gujjar community of Kishangarh. This dance does not have any specific moments except balancing the pots on their heads. These ladies dance like ghoomar. Instruments played are Dhol, bankiya, and thali. This dance is the meaning of goodness and is known as a welcome dance also. 
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Main Ornaments of Chari Dance

Gujjar ladies wear big nose rings, on top of their heads they wear khol(define) of coconut. Sampan ladies wear gold jewels, Hansli, timniya, mogri, punchi, bangdi, gajra, armlets, Karli, tanka, navr are the main ornaments.

Performance of Chari Dance

The women go away many miles to gather water for the families and the joy is reflected through the Chari dance of Rajasthan. Chari Dance of Rajasthan is a Unique Dance. Chari Dance of Rajasthan is performed by a group of Dancers. In Chari, dance woman holds Chari or brass pots on their heads balancing it to excellence. Often these pots are set on fire with the cotton seeds immersed in oil. These bright pots display beautiful effect in the dark night and a lighted lamp is then placed in the pot. 
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Originally this Dance belongs to Ajmer and Kishangarh regions. The main idea of the dance is to restrict the long distances the women of Rajasthan have to cover to get water. The colorfully dressed and bejeweled women with covers compose charming hand movements and calm steps. The lighted lamps located on the brass pots are well balanced on their heads. To make the dance look more attractive lines of lighted patterns are created as the dancers move quietly around the floor.

The people of Rajasthan live life to the hilt. After hard work in the harsh desert sun and the rocky terrain whenever they take time off they let themselves go in gay abandon. There is dancing, singing, drama, devotional music and puppet shows and other community festivities which transform the hardworking Rajasthani into a fun-loving and carefree individual. Each region has its own folk entertainment, the dance styles differ as do the songs. Interestingly enough, even musical instruments are different.





Of considerable significance are the devotional songs and the communities who render these songs. Professional performers like the Bhaats, Dholis, Mirasis, Nats, Bhopas, and Bhands are omnipresent across the state. They are patronized by the villagers who participate actively in the shows put up by these traveling entertainers.

There are plenty of entertainment options at Chokhi Dhani, but the traditional folk dance performances really stand out because of exquisite dance forms like Kalbeliya, Ghoomar and Chari dance. The fast-paced beats of the dance form are sure to have your feet tapping and will leave you wanting to join them. The Chari dance requires the folk artist to dance with seven to eleven pots on her head! Apart from the dance show, there is also a traditional fire act, a puppet show, and a magic show. 
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This is an extremely difficult dance to perform which is carried out by the Banjara community. The dance involves breathtaking fire stunts wherein the dancers perform by holding fire rods in their hands and filling up their mouths with kerosene. The fire rods are also moved on their heads and legs by the dancers. We provide Fire Rajasthani Folk Dance, Chari Dance, Fireshow Service, Aatishbaazi, Cold Firework, Entertainment Artist Booking Rajasthan, Wedding Fireworks, Corporate Fireworks, Public Fireworks, Langa Party, Event Management Udaipur for Festivals, Marriages, Corporate Events, Cultural Events.

Fire Dance

Fire dance is a unique dance famous in the desert region of Rajasthan. This folk dance describes the lifestyle of Jasnathis of Bikaner and Churu districts of Rajasthan India. This is a very difficult dance to perform and is carried out by the Banjara community. This enchanting folk dance is believed to be the dance of tantric powers of the Jasnathis. This dance is an outstanding example of the lifestyle of the Banjara community and is performed on a large ground, spread with live wood and charcoal. Here the Jasnathi men and boys jump on to the fire with the accompaniment of drum beats. The dance involves breathtaking fire stunts wherein the dancers perform by holding fire rods in their hands and filling up their mouths with kerosene. The fire rods are also moved on their heads and legs by the dancers. The dancers perform their actions as if they are blessed with divine protection. The performance on a large bed of flaming coals is considered as a specialty of this region.

Enchanting Fire Dance

The devotional and exciting performance of fire dance can be seen at late nights of winter in Rajasthan. The music which plays during fire dance rises in tempo and ends like a crescendo. The Rajasthani folk music play with dhol, nagada, and dholak during fire dance. The drumbeats give a tempo for the performance and gradually rises & set dance in a fast tempo. At a certain point, it reaches a crescendo, where the dancers seem to be in a trance-like state. Some of the traditional folk dances, performed by the Banjara Community of Rajasthan is also sometimes called as the fire dance but is completely different from the above-mentioned performance. Here, the dance is performed around the Fire. The person dancing usually takes two flamed sticks in his hands and fills up his mouth with kerosene oil. With the accompaniment of some dancing steps, he throws the oil over the lamps.

Fire Dance Celebration

The fire dance is performed in the desert region of Rajasthan on festive occasions like Holi, Janmashtami, etc. This unique dance performance attracts viewers from all over.

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