Ghoomar Folk Dance of Rajasthan

Rajasthan’s royal ways and grandeur are not just shown through its numerous palaces and forts. It is a state full of incredible traditions and culture, and it surely makes its way into the food, music, and performing arts. Rajasthani traditional dances such as Ghoomar have a rich history, meaning, and cultural significance behind them. They are an important part of Rajasthan’s rich heritage and are a way of storytelling for the locals.

Here is a small glimpse of Rajasthan’s rich heritage and rich cultural legacy: The Gujjar girls of Rajasthan Gujjar dancing and singing practices are very unique as these women have their way of making musical instruments. This has developed in such a way that these men and women can express themselves with their instruments instead of using musical instruments made by men. The Bishnoi Community in Rajasthan is famous for its devotion and love for elephants. The community is famous for its unique way looked up to as equals. The group of Rajasthan’s fine royal court dancers folk dance is called Ghoomar. It is a folk dance of Rajasthan’s ancient Marwari Rajput community.


The popular Ghoomar folk dance is one of the most significant folk dances of Rajasthan. The dance which is a devotional combination of the Natyasastra Tantra and the Rig Veda, Kalashasastra has deep roots in the spirit of Rajasthan. It is a living heritage of India and is celebrated every year in the Winter Festival of Rajasthan. What Is Ghoomar Folk Dance of Rajasthan? The Ghoomar folk dance is generally performed on religious occasions by women of the region in Rajasthan and in the town of Udaipur which has the famous Mehrangarh Fort and Lake Palace.

Ghoomar Dance is a pure and simple dance that is made up of six syllables with three tunes known as Tilang (meaning pulse) and three rhythmic beats known as Khatal (meaning “turn”). It is known as the most beautiful dance of Rajasthan and can be seen in any temple or palace in the state. This dance performed during Rajasthani traditional Holi ceremony symbolizes Rani Padmini’s love for her true love. Ghoomar is a big part of the festivities and it is a dance of joy. 


The traditions of Rajasthan are a combination of their strong culture and pride for the state. They were first being cultivated by the Arya Brahmins of Jaipur. These Brahmins created the ruling structure of the city, and then the Maharaja of Jaipur created the first schools and taught the locals about their culture and heritage. The first residents of Rajasthan, who were the Arya Brahmins, gave birth to a unique culture, which eventually flourished in the villages. 


According to historians, the origins of Ghoomar can be traced back to the Mughal Empire. The dance is an invitation to the groom to the wedding. It is made to dance to the tunes of Ghoom (a drum). The groom’s dance shows the court’s joy and happiness over the wedding. According to locals, it is a complete traditional Rajasthani dance and is most commonly performed at Hindu ceremonies. There are many types of Ghoomar dance, all of which are based on different stories of the Indian epic Mahabharata. For the groom, who is Prince Deepika, the dance takes place outside the palace and is accompanied by dancing girls. It shows the prince’s devotion and devotion to his wife.


The dancers, called jodias, are traditional of the Hindu Brahmins and are well known in Rajasthan for the ability to dance. Their costume consists of a long embroidered skirt with an open front and a sheer scarf tied around the waist. This dance is dedicated to the goddess Parvati, and it includes other people such as dhol players. It is a form of storytelling where the dancers bring alive folklore tales and myths. Some of the most important moments of Rajasthani folklore are infused in these dances, such as legends of Lakshmi and Durga, the beautiful romance between Garba and Tara, and heroic quests such as ‘Ram Dau’s [Ram and Sita]. The beatific Rajasthani traditional dance sequence known as Ghoomar has been performed since times immemorial, and it has been a significant aspect of Rajasthani folklore. 


Many folkloric dance forms originated from Rajasthan as a means of entertainment for the nobility. To create and preserve this folk art form, the royal court dancers demanded that Ghoomar be reinvented for the modern audience. The costumes had to be changed so as not to offend the elders in the community. Ghoomar dancers use their hands, feet, and necks to create moving sculptures on stage, using a wide variety of masks and props to tell a story of beauty and grace. Ghoomar folk dance is a part of many Rajasthani weddings and a widely performed annual event in the city of Udaipur. 


To enjoy an evening rich with cultural entertainment and Rajasthan’s traditional dances like Ghoomar along with great food in the midst of a desert, stay for some time in the Manvar desert camp in Jodhpur. Experience ambient luxury with cultural evenings filled with folk art forms and local talent at this luxe camp surrounded by the magnificent dunes of the Thar desert.