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Indian folk music (Hindi: भारतीय लोक संगीत) is diverse because of India's vast cultural diversity. It has many forms including bhangr, lavani, dandiya and Rajasthani. The arrival of movies and pop music weakened folk music's popularity, but saints and poets to have large musical libraries and traditions to their name, often sung in thumri semi-the folk music of India is dance-oriented.



  • Gujarat: Garba,Doha
  • Andhra Pradesh: Madiga Dappu, Mala Jamidika
  • Odisha: Odissi, Sambalpuri
  • Assam: Bihugeet, Tokarigeet, Kamrupi Lokgeet, Goalparia Lokogeet
  • Chhattisgarh: Pandavani
  • Bengal: Bahula, batiyali
  • Punjab: Mahiya
  • Bhavageete

    Bhavageete (literally 'emotion poetry') is a form of expressionist poetry and light music. Most of the poetry sung in this genre pertain to subjects like love, nature, philosophy, etc., and the genre itself is not much different from Ghazals, though Ghazals are bound to a peculiar metre. This genre is quite popular in many parts of India, notably in Karnataka. Bhavageete may be called by different names in other languages.

    Kannada Bhavageete draws from the poetry of modern, including Kuvempu, D.R. Bendre, Gopalakrishna Adiga, K.S. Narasimhaswamy, G.S. Shivarudrappa, K. S. Nissar Ahmed, N S Lakshminarayana Bhatta etc. Notable Bhavageete performers include P. Kalinga Rao, Mysore Ananthaswamy, C. Aswath, Shimoga Subbanna, Archana Udupa, Raju Ananthaswamy etc.

    Bhangra And Giddha

    Bhangra (Punjabi: ਭੰਗੜਾ) is a form of dance-oriented folk music of Punjab. The present musical style is derived from non traditional musical accompaniment to the riffs of Punjab called by the same name. The female dance of Punjab region is known as Giddha (Punjabi: ਗਿੱਧਾ).


    Bihu is the most celebrated festival in assamese culture. These festivals are celebrated thrice in a year with different ways. Among the three Rongali or Bohag Bihu is the most celebrated and then comes Bhogali or Magh Bihu. Kongali or Kati Bihu is celebrated in a poor way. Bohag bihu brings a wind full of sound of dhol-pepa with melodiuos songs to the every corners of Assam. These songs represent the joy of the colorful society of the place are called Bihugeet.Bihugeet performed through Bihu dance in the festival of Bihu. The songs have themes of romance, love, nature and incidents. The dance is celebrates in group by young girls and boys.Bihugeets usually have wide range of lyrics from the nature's beauty to lover's expression, from social awarenees to humarous stories. Bihu is the most popular folk song of Assam and is widely known across India. It is part and parcel of the most important festival of the region. It symbolizes colourful and rich culture of Assamese people.


    Lavani is a popular folk form of Maharashtra. Traditionally, the songs are sung by female artists, but male artists may occasionally sing Lavanis. The dance format associated with Lavani is known as Tamasha.This dance format contains the dancer (Tamasha Bai), the helping dancer - Maavshi, The Drummer - Dholki vaala & The Flute Boy - Baasuri Vaala.

    Uttarakhandi music

    Uttarakhandi folk music had its roots in the lap of nature. The pure and blessed music have the feel and the touch of nature and subjects related to nature. The folk music primarily is related to the festivals, religious traditions, folk stories and simple life of the people of Uttarakhand. Thus the songs of Uttarakhand are a true reflection of the cultural heritage and the way people live their lives in the Himalayas. Musical instruments used in Uttarakhand music include the dhol, damoun, turri, ransingha, dholki, daur, thali, bhankora and masakbhaja. Tabla and harmonium are also used but to a lesser extent. The main languages are Kumaoni and Garhwali.


    Dandiya is a dance-oriented folk music that has also been adapted for pop music worldwide, popular in Western India, especially during Navaratri. The present musical style is derived from the traditional musical accompaniment to the folk dance of Dandiya called by the same name.


    Pandavani is a folk singing style of musical narration of tales from ancient epic Mahabharata with musical accompaniment and Bhima as hero. This form of folk theatre is popular in the state of Chhattisgarh and in the neighbouring tribal areas of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.

    Rajasthani music has a diverse collection of musician castes, including langas, sapera, bhopa, jogi and Manganiar.


    The Bauls of Bengal were an order of musicians in 18th, 19th and early 20th century India who played a form of music using a khamak, ektara and dotara. The word Baul comes from Sanskrit batul meaning divinely inspired insanity. They are a group of Hindu mystic minstrels. They are thought to have been influenced greatly by the Hindu tantric sect of the Kartabhajas as well as by Sufi sects. Bauls travel in search of the internal ideal, Maner Manush (Man of the Heart).


    This type of music was cultured mainly by the oarsmen & fishermen of erstwhile Bengal. There are many opinions regarding the origin of the term Bhatiali. Most popular of them are

  • They use to sing it in the Ebb (Bhata) as in this phase it does not need much effort for rowing
  • It originated from the Bhati area (now in Bangladesh).
  • One of the most eminent singers is Nirmalendu Chowdhury.


    Garba ("song") is sung in honor of Hindu goddesses god during Navratri. They are sung in the honor of god Krishna,Hanuman, Ram, etc.

    Dollu Kunita

    This is a group dance that is named after the Dollu — the percussion instrument used in the dance. It is performed by the menfolk of the Kuruba community of the North Karnataka area. The group consists of 16 dancers who wear the drum and beat it to rhythms while dancing. The beat is controlled and directed by a leader with cymbals who is positioned in the center. Slow and fast rhythms alternate and group weaves varied patterns.


    Kolata/Kolattam is a traditional folk dance of the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Similar to its North Indian counterpart Dandiya Ras, it is performed with coloured sticks and usually involves both men and women dancing together.


    Veeragase is a dance folk form prevalent in the state of Karnataka. It is a vigorous dance based on Hindu mythology and involves very intense energy-sapping dance movements. Veeragase is one of the dances demonstrated in the Dasara procession held in Mysore.

    Naatupura Paatu

    Naatupura Paatu is Tamil folk music. It consists of Gramathisai (village folk music) and Gana (city folk music). It is also sung in Rajasthan.


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