Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Haryana

Arts


Folk Dances

Gangor-Puja Dance

This dance is performed in villages bordering on Rajasthan. It is ceremonial dance of woman in connection  with puja ceremony of Iswar and Gangor (Lord Shiva and Pravati) dressed in colourful costumes and Jewellery, with brass jars on their head, the woman move in circle, the movements and the pattern of the dance changing  according to the music. The smiles of the dancers are important  element in the performance. It is devotional dance to invoke the blessings of the gods for good harvest and is usually performed  in the months of palghun  and Chait. Sometimes the dance takes the form of a Kirtan, associated with the love of Lord Shiva and Parvati. The girls  enter the circle one by one, dancing and singing devotional songs. The dance continues for hours.