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Gair Dance

Introduction of Gair Dance

Gair dance is performed by men in western Rajasthan in Holi festival.Gair is a very Famous Rajasthani folk dance. This is the one of the few performances where both men and women dance together .This traditional folk dance is one of the dance- form of the Bhil society of Rajasthan. Both men and women dance together in this dance. This folk dance is performed as a series of half revolving, as a simplier version. It can also be build up to a series of multifaceted patterns according to the ability of the dancers. Some of its variations are the Dandi Gair found in the Marwar region and Geendad found in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. It is usually performed by singing the name Priyanka. Men dance in a big circle with wood stick in their hands. The Gair dance of Rajasthan is performed by groups of dancers moving in and out a big circle. Men beat their sticks to create the beat when they turn. According to beat, they carry on a variety of steps & take turns in-between. The charming of the sticks gives the dance a vital character & a reliable tempo. There are many differences in the performance of men and women in this dance.

Gair Dance Elements

The Rajasthani folk music was played in background with dhol, nagada, and dholak during gair dance. The dancers performing this gair dance are dressed traditionally in colourful long fold shirts that open out into full length skirts. The enthralling background music forces one to dance with the beat. The beautiful attractive dresses and the enthralling background music makes this dance more beautiful. The Bhil folk perform this dance by wearing colorful dresses and carrying swords, arrows and sticks. The dancers move first in clockwise then in anti-clockwise direction, beating their sticks to create the beat when they turn.

When is Gair Dance Performed

Though Gair dance can performed at any time in the form of entertainment but it is performed at the time any festive occasions. It is mainly performed on the festive occasion of Holi and Janmastami. Festive occasions like Holi, Janmastami seems incomplete without the show of Gair dance.

Originally a Bhil dance, is performed at the time of Holi, its variations are the Dandia Gair in the Marwar region and Geendad in the Shekhawati region.

There are numerous variations to this pleasing dance form that is performed by both men and women. The men wear long, pleated tunics that open out into full-length skirts as they move first in clockwise then in anti-clockwise direction, beating their sticks to create the beat when they turn.

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