The chari dance is representative of an activity that is an integral and essential part of the lives of Rajasthani women  covering long distances to collect water in small pots, and walking back to the village with said pots balanced on their heads.

During the dance, performers don colourful outfits accented with heavy silver jewellery, and sway to the beats of melodious folk songs with a chari, or pot, balanced on their heads. Traditional artists take it a step further, balancing brass pots (chari) with a burning lamp inside, on top of their heads.


The dance is most commonly performed by women, and is associated with the Gujjar community of Kishangarh. Nose rings, and other ornaments like hansli, timniya, mogri, punchi, bangdi, gajra, armlets, karli, tanka, and navr are also worn by the performers during the dance. Musical instruments like the nagada, dholak and harmonium usually accompany the dance.


In present times, this dance is often seen at weddings, the birth of a child, and other such special occasions, where the dancers accentuate the celebrations with their performances.

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