Gujarat has been successful in preserving its rich tradition of song, dance and drama. The state is known for its popular folk dances like Ras, Garba, Garbi, Rasaka, Tippani, Padhar-Nritya,and Dangi-Nritya. Tour Incredible India with Indian Travel agent.
Folk drama in Gujarat is known as Bhavai. Most of the art traditions trace back their origin to the ancient period of Lord Krishna.
The contribution of Gujarat to the Indian traditional music is no less encouraging. Tour Incredible India with Indian Travel agent.There are several ragas named after various regions of the state – Gujaqri Todi, Bilaval (from Veraval), Sorathi, (from Sorath), Khambavati (from Khambhat, Cambay), Ahiri and Lati. These ragas are valuable gifts to the Indian classical music.
Gujrati Dance forms
Gujarat is known as the 'Land of Festivals'. A number of fairs and festivals are celebrated in the state with great fervor and joy. The celebrations of these occasions are accompanied with traditional dance and music performances. The state has been blessed with a rich tradition of performing arts. The various song, dance and drama forms practiced in Gujarat are famous throughout India. The most fascinating fact of all is that the origin of these performing arts dates back to the ancient era of Lord Krishna. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna spent the early days of his life in Gokul.
Here, he charmed the natives by playing the flute and dancing. He performed Raas Leela with the Gopis, which is remembered till date. After he became the ruler of Dwarka, he patronized folk songs and dances in his kingdom. Since, then the Gujaratis have maintained the tradition and preserved the heritage in all its glory. The folk drama popular in Gujarat is known as Bhavai. Other popular folk dances of Gujarat are Tippani Nritya, Siddi Dance, Padhar Nritya, Dangi Nritya and local tribal dances.
Gujarat is a state of music lovers and has produced some of the best musicians of India. It is said that the legendary musicians Baiju Bawra and Tana Riri belong to the state itself. Narsinh Mehta, of the 'Vaishnav Janto' acclaim, also hails from Gujarat. He was a Vaishnavite poet of Junagadh and wrote songs in the praise of the Lord. His Gujarati compositions had a profound influence on the devotees. It is believed that he came in communion with Lord Krishna when he sung 'Raag Kedar'. 'Vaishnav Janto' was very dear to Gandhiji also and remains a musical marvel till date.
Besides, Gujar Tod, Bilaval and Khambhavati are the names associated with Gujarat. Veraval and Cambay are also state's contributions to classical music. Musicians like Ustad Faiyazkhan, Maulabux, the 'Been' player Rahim Khan and many others have shone the name of the state in the field of music. Apart from this, Pandit Omkarnath Thakur, one of the greatest exponents of Indian classical music, is also from Gujarat. Dahyalal Shivram's Sangeet Kaladhar and Adityaram Vyas's Sangeetaditya have also made significant contributions to Gujarati music.
Ahmedabad is also significantly touched by the musical wave. A number of concerts are organized in the city to promote folk music of Gujarat, among the masses. One of the major musical events is organized here by a local financial institution. It is a three day festival, devoted truly to classical music. The festival is attended by an astounding number of people, who listen to the Hindustani classical ragas, amidst congenial ambience. A traditional setting is created in an open theatre where listeners sit in a 'baithak' style and enjoy classical ragas.
The concert is known as "Sur Sandhaya Samaroh" and is one of its kinds in Ahmedabad. It is held on a regular basis, providing a platform for the people to interact with the maestros like Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and the charismatic Zakir Hussain. The concert continues till midnight and is conducted on a massive scale, wherein all the modern facilities are provided for ensuring the closest rendezvous of the artists with the audience. Such events have broken the myth that the people of Gujarat are more concerned with wealth making and do not have an ear for music.