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Dance Travelogue - Show concept by Shakti Mohan Dance Travelogue Dance Travelogue We show the range of emotions of a dancer from the city trying to adapt to the creativity, dance styles and lifestyle of the villagers.

We capture the emotions of the traditional dancers as they talk and portray what their traditional dance means to them, as they share their feelings towards dance and learn about the dancer from Mumbai and her passion towards dance.

We try to show “Dance has no language, religion and boundaries” The essence of the show A dance travel show where a dancer from Mumbai travels to the rural and remote regions of India, to collaborate with the traditional dancers of their areas to finally put up a performance.
The performance will be a reflection of real India where Indian folk dances will be fused with the international dance styles. The concept Dance Travelogue
Shakti Mohan is popularly known as

Winner of Dance India Dance Season 2

Chosen Artist for BBC World “Collaboration Culture Series” to perform in New York 2012

Travelled to New York and Vienna for dance training in Contemporary, Hip hop, Ballet and Jazz.

Recently seen in the movie “Rowdy Rathore” wherein she performed on the popular song “Pritam Pyaare”

She has also shown her talent in the field of acting in the serial “Dil Dosti Dance” on Channel V where she played the role of Protagonist Artist from the City Influenced by Rajasthani culture
Main language is Malvi, 40% population speaks in Hindi
Traditional Malwa food has elements of Rajasthani, Gujarati and Maharashtrian 
cuisine. Kalidas hailed from this region of Malwa.

Occupation: Agriculture, producers of opium, cotton, soy beans and textiles are major industry. Although its political borders have fluctuated throughout history, the region has developed its own distinct culture, influenced by the Rajasthani, Marathi and Gujarati cultures. It has been ruled by several kingdoms and dynasties like Avanti Kingdom, Mauryans, the guptas, the parmaras, malwa sultans, Mughals and marathas.
Malwa is in west-central northern India occupying a plateau of volcanic origin.
Geologically, the Malwa Plateau generally refers to the volcanic upland south of the Vindhya Range
Politically and administratively, the historical Malwa region includes districts of Western Madhya Pradesh and parts of south-eastern Rajasthan. Dance Travelogue Destination 1 – Malwa, Madhya Pradesh http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq9TYvMhpJ8 Swang is a popular dance form in Malwa; its roots go back to the origins of the Indian theatre tradition in the first millennium BC. Since women did not participate in the dance-drama form, men enacted their roles. 

Swang incorporates suitable theatrics and mimicry, accompanied alternately by song and dialogue. The genre is dialogue-oriented rather than movement-oriented.

The biggest festival of Malwa is the Simhastha mela, held every 12 years, in which more than 40 million pilgrims take a holy dip in river Shipra. Dance Travelogue Swang – A folk dance of Malwa Lavani is a widely practiced form of folk music in southern Malwa, which was brought to the region by the Marathas
The Nirguni Lavani (philosophical) and the Shringari Lavani (erotic) are the two of the main genres. The Bhils have their own folk songs, which are always accompanied by dance.

The folk musical modes of Malwa are of four or five notes, and in rare cases six. The devotional music of the Nirguni cult is popular throughout Malwa.

Legends of Raja Bhoj and Bijori, the Kanjar girl, and the tale of Balabau are popular themes for folk songs. Insertions known as stobha are commonly used in Malwa music; this can occur in four ways: the matra stobha(syllable insertion), varna stobha (letter insertion), shabda stobha (word insertion) and vakya stobha (sentence insertion). Dance Travelogue Lavani 'Maanch' -- a lyrical folk drama and a form of operatic ballet popular in Malwa region -- has been a powerful source of entertainment for people for the past 200 years.

Chronological development of the folk art form shows significant contribution from various forms of folk dance, music and public interest.

One could see better coordination between artists and audience during the folk drama. When an artist forgets his dialogue, he asks an expert in audience for the next dialogue. This makes 'Maanch' lively. Dance Travelogue Maanch - Operatic ballet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnM3seoUuDE This dance is based on the folk song named "Chirmi".
Chirmi is a beautiful and attractive seed of a plant found in Rajasthan, this dance expresses the beauty of Rajasthan women as beautiful "Chirmi" seed. Chirmi Dance Dance Travelogue Destination 2 – Rajasthan Naga Dance Folk songs and dances are essential ingredients of the traditional Naga culture.
The oral tradition is kept alive through the media of folk tales and songs. Naga folk songs are both romantic and historical, with songs narrating entire stories of famous ancestors and incidents. There are also seasonal songs which describe various activities done in a particular agricultural season. The early Western missionaries opposed the use of folk songs by Naga Christians as they were perceived to be associated with spirit worship, war and immorality. As a result, translated versions of Western hymns were introduced, leading to the slow disappearance of indigenous music from the Naga hills.

Folk dances of the tribes are mostly performed in groups in synchronized fashion, by both men and women, depending on the type of dance. Dances are usually performed at festivals and religious occasions. War dances are performed mostly by men and are athletic and martial in style. All dances are accompanied by songs and war cries by the dancers themselves. The various indigenous musical instruments used by the people are bamboo mouth organs, cup violins, bamboo flutes, trumpets, drums made of cattle skin, and log drums Dance Travelogue Destination 3 – Nagaland Folk dances of Nagaland require more use of legs and keeping the body in an upright position.

Folk dance of Zeliang tribe in Nagaland is performed predominantly by males
Shouting, chanting some chorus words, stamping of foot is found common in Zeliang tribe. No musical instrument is used in any folk dance of Nagaland.

Folk dance of Zemis tribe belongs to the north Cachar hills district. The dance is segregated in regards to the steps of dance i.e cock dance, cricket dance bearing similarity with birds, insects or animals. They use music played with the use of cymbals as the singers stand along one side.

Nagada Festival, Hornbill(Nagaland's state bird) festival is where these folk dances are performed Dance Travelogue Rouf Dance Rouf is the most popular dance in the Kashmir Valley and is restricted only to the womenfolk. Usually performed during the harvesting season, but the most essential occasion of its performance is the month of Ramzan when every street and corner in Kashmir resounds with Rouf songs and dance.
Chakri, a pleasant pathetic song based on mystical poetry, is sung while performance. Rouf is also performed on all festive occasions such as Id-ul-Fitar.
No musical instrument is required for this
Rouf is usually called Wanvun when performed at weddings.

This dance is performed by a group of women facing each other. The simple footwork of Rouf is both a visual as well as an artistic indulgence, The dance typically narrate a story of fight between good and evil. Dance Travelogue Destination 4 – Jammu & Kashmir http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX_UAy3WBoY Ghumura is a folk dance of Kalahandi district of the Indian state Orissa.
It is classified as folk dance as the dress code of Ghumura resembles more like a tribal dance, but there are arguments of its resemblances to indian classical forms because of the use of mudras.

As per Mahabharata, Ghumura was being used by both Gods and Goddesses as a musical instrument during war
Few expert believed Ghumura was a war music (Rana-Badya) of Ravana, demon king of Lanka. Ghumura Dance Dance Travelogue Destination 5 – Orissa Ghumura is a widespread dance in kalahandi region. It was a caste-based dance of a particular caste in its beginning and later on extended to different castes and community. It was then widely accepted as a mass dance come from folk dance. 'Ghum' means bowl like pitcher made of soil or clay, having a thin face with big belly. 'U' means 'Lord Siva' and 'Ra' mean 'Raba' or 'Dhowni' (vibrating sound).
Earthen clay pot is locally known as 'Ghumuri', which was largely used by females to reserve water for homely use. Male version of 'Ghumuri' is 'Ghumura'.

Since Ghumura is a male dance form and it is found in almost all parts of the human culture that equipments and appliances invented for human use have been the foundation to the invention of musical instruments, the derivation of name of Ghumura from 'Ghumuri' signifies such claim. Dance Travelogue Dance Travelogue During the history spanning over 2,000 years of life, Goa has been shaped by the Bhojas, Shilaharas, Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Vijaynagar rulers, Adilshahi and finally the Portuguese. The changing colours of history have left their multiple and lovely shades on the Goan life. And folk art has not been an exception to it.

The traditional folk music and dances have continued uninterruptedly, while the influence of the Portuguese music and dance on the local culture has helped evolve new forms. This happy blending and co-existence of cultural traditions gives a unique character the music and folk dances of Goa.

The diversity of these cultural influences makes Goa distinctive although it shares in a general way the culture of the coastal Konkan strip. Among the innumerable folk dances and forms encountered in Goa include Talgadi, Goff, Tonya Mel, Mando, Kunbi dance, Suvari, Dasarawadan, Virabhadra, Hanpeth, Gauda jagar, Ranmale, Fugadi, Ghode Modni, Lamp Dance, Musal Dance, Romat or Mell, Morullem, Bhandap, Dhangar Dance, Dekhni and Dhalo Dance Travelogue Destination 6 – Goa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An_ivlZv8d8 Dhangar Dance
Dhangars, a shepherd community believed to have migrated from Kathiawar region of South Gujarat and settled in the hilly northwestern fringes of Goa, are very pious and worship the God called "Bira Deva".

During Navaratri (literally meaning 'nine nights') festival, the leader of the house observes abstinence and fast, takes bath at early hours in the morning, milks his share of lone one cup of milk per day and prays and dances before the family deity.

On the tenth day, after a feast, all the families take out their family idols to an open space in the village, called 'Mand' and perform a vigorous session of dance accompanied by song.

The dance begins with a slow beat and simple footwork to the accompaniment of Dhol, cymbals and a long flute called 'Pawa'. Their traditional songs centre on the love story of the Hindu God Krishna and his beloved Radha. The Kathiawari-styled white dress and turban in this dance point to their ancestral lineage. Dhangar Dance Dance Travelogue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpj2dYtv72I Another form of popular folk dance, the dekhni represents an attractive mixture of folk culture and Western music, danced mostly by Christian girls in fully Indian dress.
The gestures in the dance appear to have been borrowed from the Kathak and Bharata Natyam.
Dekhni in Konkani language means "bewitching beauty". This song-cum-dance performed only by women to the accompaniment of folk drum "Ghumat", displays a rare blend of Indian and Western cultures. The dance enacts the life of a "Devdasi" (literally meaning servant of God) girl whose job is to perform dance in temples and social ceremonies like weddings.
The theme is of a Devdasi girl who comes to a riverbank to take a ferry to reach the other side where she has an appointment to dance in a wedding. She requests the adamant boatman for a favour and is even ready to offer him her golden earring for taking her across urgently.
The dance set to western rhythms and Indian melody, is livened up by the conversation between the girl and the boatman in the form of a lilting song, which lingers in the mind for a long time.
The dancers carry pantis (small clay lamps with a wick floating in oil) or artis. Only two or three dekhni songs, composed and scored a long time ago, are extant.

It is surmised that the dance form owes its birth to devdasis singing and dancing for their visitors. The song Hanv sayaba pailtadi vaita, popular for its attractive tune, is perhaps the most well known dekhni song. Dekhni Dance Dance Travelogue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6w1kHQCREo Ghoomar Dance This folk dance gets its name from ‘ghoomna’, the pirouetting which displays the spectacular colors of the flowing ‘ghaghara’. Women perform with their face covered with the help of veil.
Mostly goddess Saraswati is worsiped in this dance. Ghoomar was developed by the Bhil tribe and was then adopted by other Rajasthani communities
Circular movements of the dancers mark this dance as different one. The girls from the areas bordering to State generally perform Ghoomar. The dancers take a circular mode, and move about clapping and singing. After some time, tempos of the dance is accelerated & dance steps become fast. The accompanying songs are full of satire and humour and refer to contemporary events, while the dancers twirl around in pairs.

A dance called Ghoomar is popular in the western parts of the Haryana.
This dance is performed on occasion of festivals such as Holi, Gangaur Puja and Teej. Destination 7 - Haryana Dance Travelogue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REJXGcW0CSY It is performed to a folk song with rustic jewelry and gold work skirts This dance is popular in the central areas of Haryana.

This dance is performed by women at the house of the
bridegroom in the night on which the marriage party has gone to the bride's house.

By this dance the women ask for the safe and sound return of the marriage party along with the newly wed couple. By staying awake whole night for this dance, they also protect their house since the men folk are all away to the bride's house. Due to the bawdy nature of this dance children are generally kept away Khoriya Dance Dance Travelogue The dances of Tripura are performed by both men and women. They generally wear traditional dresses while performing the dance. The dances of Tripura are accompanied by a number of the musical Instruments like bamboo cymbal, Khamb, Flute made of bamboo, Khenggarang, Dhukuk etc. The traditional essence of these dances are maintained even today. It is inhabited by 19 tribal communities, Manipuris, Bengalis and people belonging to many other communities. All the communities have their own distinct dance forms. Most of the folk dances of Tripura are performed during festivals or on festive occasions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrMY-u8cyU4 The State of Tripura has a long history.

The Kingdom of Tripura in its peak included the whole
eastern region of Bengal from the Brahmaputra river in the
north and west, the Bay of Bengal in the south and Burma to the east during the 14th and 15th centuries AD Destination 8 - Tripura Dance Travelogue Garia Lebang Bhoomani Dance

Lebang is the name of a colorful insect, which comes on search of seeds to hill slopes before monsoon. By this dance they attract insects from their hiding place and catch them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrMY-u8cyU4

This is a folk dance performed in Tripura State.

The life and culture of people of Tripura revolves around Jhum culture i.e.shifting cultivation. When the of seeds are sowed at a plot of land that selected for Jhum is over by the month of middle of April, they do prayers for good future. They pray to the God `Garia` for a happy harvest. The celebration is attached to the Garia Puja that lasts about for seven days. In these seven days, they seek to entertain their beloved deity with song and dance. Garia Dance Dance Travelogue Dance Travelogue Thank you
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