Dance forms of India
GARBA - Gujarati Dance
the leading dance of women in Gujarat, is associated
withthe fertility cult. For the nine nights of Navaratri,
an autumn festival,women come out into the open and
with perforated earthen pots holding lighted lambs poised
on the head sing, clap and dance a simple, circular
dance, in honour of the goddess Amba.
At times men too dance, by singing and clapping,and
the dance is known as Garbi. Traditionally the Garba
is intended to be danced only at night and as a votive
offering. In an evolved version,the dance can be performed
for its own sake and at any time.
India, the Tippani is one. It is danced by women labourers
in parts of Saurashtra, to relieve tedium, as part of
the beating of the floor with wooden mallets, in the
construction of a house.