Guru Bazaar

Performed by women, giddha involves the performers standing in a circle. One woman sits in the centre and plays the dhol. It depicts the life of women in rural Punjab. This dance is performed during festive occasions of sowing and reaping the harvest. As per legend, giddha originated from the ring dance that was quite prevalent in Punjab in ancient times.

Katra Jaimal Singh Bazaar

A folk dance form of Punjab, in this, two young girls hold hands and spin on their toes. It is more of a sport than a dance. The girls spin around with colourful and vibrant ‘orhins’ or ‘duppattas’ tied to their heads. The tinkling of the anklets that they wear adds melody of the dance.

Hall Bazaar

A traditional fast-paced dance of Punjab, bhangra revolves around and replicates a farmer’s daily life. Performers in colourful clothes, dance to traditional music and the sound of instruments like dhol (a type of drum), iktar (a single-stringed instrument) and chimta (another musical instrument). It is one of the most popular folk dances of the state of Punjab and is mainly performed by men. Originally, it was practised to celebrate Baisakhi, the harvest festival of the state. However, today it is done on most festive occasions and is also a part of pop culture. As for the history of the dance form, it originated during the Indo-Scythian period of Punjab in 2000 BC. The major themes of bhangra songs are social issues, money, love, marriage etc.