Terah Taali Dance

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Terah Taali Dance

Introduction of Terah Taali Dance

Terah Taali is one of the most popular folk dances of the very significant state, Rajasthan. Terah Taali Dance is usually performed by well skilled artists. Thirteen Manjeeras (little brass disc) are attached to various parts of their body, which they hit with the ones they hold in their hand. This creates a beat on which the dancers move. The dancers balance pots on their hands and hold a weapon in their mouth, for making the performance more beautiful. The dance begins with the women, who sit on the floor and her body parts are joined with the Manjeeras. These are fixed on their wrists, elbows, waists, arms and a pair in their hands as well and her accompanists sing slowly in beat.

This dance is performed by the members of the Kamada tribe, Terah Taali Dance; Rajasthan is one of the very old performing arts of Rajasthan. This dance was performed with Manjeeras and other instruments which are made of metal, Terah Taali Dance; Rajasthan is one of the most enjoyable dance forms of Rajasthan and draws attention of tourists from all over the world.

The Thirteen drumming instruments used in the different body parts of the female dancer is wonderful scene to watch. The way the dancer matches the fluctuating Manjeeras with the beat of the background music is very wonderful. Often a weapon is also used by the specialized Terah Taali dancer and also a pot on her to make the dance more attractive. Male artists sing local Rajasthani folk songs as background music and take part in various types of instruments like pakhwaja, dholak jhanjhar, sarangi, harmonium etc.

Description of Terah Taali Dance

Terah Taali Dance in Rajasthan is one of the superb folk dances of Rajasthan. The Terah Taali Dance, Rajasthan is usually performed along with Manjeeras and other metallic discs which are made of bronze, brass, copper and zinc. The beats of Terah Taali Dance in Rajasthan remind us of Rajasthan's rich cultural heritage and folk traditions.

During the Terah Taali Dance, Rajasthan the music of the Ektara accompanies the dance performance. Manjeeras are attached to thirteen different parts of the parts of the body. The sounds of these Manjeeras produce the Terah Taali or the thirteen beats. 

Often during the Terah Taali the dances with weapons are also performed. The Terah Taali Dance, Rajasthan requires correctness and accuracy which can only be performed by the skilled dancers who take part in this attractive dance performance. On your tour to Rajasthan, you can get a hint of the Terah Taali Dance, Rajasthan. 

In Terah Taali dance thirteen drumming instruments are used to give pace to the complicated actions of the performer and to give a simultaneous pulse to the associated musical instruments as well as the devotional singing is a attractive performance. Nine drumming instruments are fixed firmly on the right leg, seven between the knee and the ankle, one on the instep, one on the big toe, and each on both the arms, while the performer or sometimes two, sit in front the heroon housing the image of the well-known Ramdeoji along with the accompanists playing on chutara and khartla, singing songs in intense love of the saint. 

To begin with, the accompanists chant in slow rhythm and the performer stretching the right leg a little, starts striking the drumming instruments in hands against those attached at different places. With the increase in the tempo, the performer moved into rapid lively movement weaves some exciting patterns by changing the sequence of the strikes and embellishments in the rhythm. The glory of this  show lies in the simultaneity of the quick and stylish rocking motion of the performer.


Terah Taali Dance of Rajasthan in India is one of the wonderful folk dance performances that draws attention of tourists from all over the world. The Terah Taali Dance, Rajasthan is performed by the Kamada tribe who are traditional snake charmers. Besides this it is also performed by the tribes of Mirasi, Bhand, Dholi, Bhat and Nat. It is also practiced by Pokhran and Deedwana, to honour their folk hero, Baba Ramdeo; it consists of women sitting on the floor before his image. The Terah Taali Dance in Rajasthan however is also a very important ceremony in the Baba Ramdev temple at Runecha. 

Interesting Moment of Terah Taali Dance

The dancers perform various decorations of some type, while doing this, and for more special effects and for capturing the public gaze, at times the women also balance several pots on their hands and hold a weapon in their mouth. Their balancing act attracts the audience. When the pace of the music increases itís a beauty to watch Terah Taali Dance. In festive occasion, sometime in marriages also Terah Taali dance performance can be seen.. Many non government organizations are also taking active part in the promotion of this folk culture. This artistic folk dance is promoted in different part of India as well as overseas also.

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