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Networking Night

1st December 2009

Networking Night
Boulder Hills Golf & Country Club

Managed by HICC and Novotel Hyderabad, Boulder Hills provides an excellent offsite world-class Facility seen at clubs such as "The Montgomery´ or `Ranches" in Dubai.

In a specially created informal setting jive and relax to the `heartbeat´ and drumbeat´ of India.


COLLATED by Raghavaraj Bhatt

Out of the depths of the night comes the drum beat..a beat here and a drumming there..and from all sides of the village people come pouring in keeping time with the drummers, keeping time with the heart beat of the land. They gather , to celebrate life in all its myriad forms, exulting in the sheer verve of life. The folk dancers, dance to pulsating rhythms ,bringing to us dances from across India..

India is a land of diverse cultures and traditions. Each region of the country has a unique culture, which is also prominently visible in its various art forms. Though these folk dances are not as complex as the
classical dance forms, they are very beautiful, because of the essence of rawness in them. Be it the Bihu of Assam, Dol-Cholom of Manipur, Hikal of Himachal Pradesh or Chhau of Bihar, each of the Indian folk dance forms comes across as a reflection of the deep sited beliefs and traditions of a particular culture.

Performed on almost every special occasion and festival, to express elation and joy. The sensuous Lavani dancers from Maharashtra, with their unique Joi-de-vivre; haunting Kalbeliya dancers from the deserts of Rajasthan; the gaily dressed Lambadi dancers from Andhra Pradesh; the surreal Theyyam from Kerala; gravity defying Pung Chollam drummers from Assam, Thangta martial performances from Manipur, rhythmic Dappu dancers from Andhra Pradesh ,and the joyous and energetic Bhangra dancers from Punjab... These dancers come from the far corners of India, to take you into a pulsating world of their own, where rhythm, music, footsteps and energy melts into the HEARTBEAT of India.

They dance in unison; they dance as one heart beat... the

Kalbeliya Dance of Rajasthan "Kalbeliya is one of the opulent dance forms of Rajasthan. It is performed by the snake charmers community. Kal means snake and beliya means friend

The Thang-ta dance of Manipur was an evolution from the martial arts exercises encouraged by the kings of Manipur. The dance is exciting in nature and is performed by young men holding swords and shields.

One of the most popular dances of North India, performed during the festival of Baisakhi. Among the most virile and captivating dances of India, it is undertaken by men and includes tricks and acrobatic feats.

Women wear very colouful skirts and bedeck themselves with jewellery made of silver and bone.. This graceful dance is performed by the Lambadis or nomadic tribes of of Andhra Pradesh, while they sing songs in the Lambadi dialect. The dance is performed to celebrate a loaded harvest or a good sowing

This folk dance form is performed mainly from the Telangana districts of Andhra Pradesh . The highlight of this dance form is an instrument made of goatskin.

Lavani Dance from Maharashtra. The word Lavani is derived from Lavanya, meaning beauty . The Lavani dance served as mode of entertainment and morale booster to tired soldiers during the 18th and 19th century, when wars and skirmishes were aplenty.

Theyyam is a ritualistic dance with its elaborate make-up and costume, lively foot work, gymnastic fervour and ritualistic vitality. Theyyam represents a glorious period of folk life in Kerala

Pung Cholom
Pung or Manipuri Mridanga is the soul of Manipuri Sankritana music and Classical Manipuri Dance. It assumes an important ritual character, an indispensable part of all social and devotional ceremonies in Manipur, - the instrument itself becoming an object of veneration. Pung Cholom is performed as an invocatory number preceding the Sankirtana and Ras Lila.