Folk Art Of Madhya Pradesh, Folk Arts
Of Rajasthan, Folk Art Of Gujarat, Folk Art Of Mizoram, Mohiniattam, Folk
Art Of Tamil Nadu and Bharatanrityam ** Episode Eleven: Folk Art of Madhya
Pradesh - Phagun * Folk Arts of Rajasthan - Tera Tali and Duff Dance * Folk
Art of Gujarat - Dhandiya Ras: This episode starts with the state of Madhya
Pradesh (MP) in Central India . The world famous Khajuraho group of temples
is located in MP. MP is well known for its diamond mines and dense forests.
Where does a forest stand without rains? The village folk of MP are overjoyed
on secing rain clouds and perform the rain dance Phagun. This episode also
features Tere tali - a Rajasthani folk dance where small symbols or manjiras
are tied to the hands and legs of the dancers and bells sound in rhythm
as they dance. This is followed by another Rajasthani number Duff Dance,
performed with small circular drums in hand, during the Holi festival. The
men and women of Gujarat perform Dhandiya Ras - a vigorous and rhythmic
dance with batons, where the dancers leap and crouch in twirling patterns.
** Episode Twelve: Folk Art of Rajasthan - Bhavai and Tippani * Folk Art
of Mizoram - Bamboo Dance * Mohiniattam by Nandita Prabhu: This episode
starts with a Rajasthani folk number BHAVAI danced by balancing several
pots one above the other. Most of the folk dances evolved as a spontaneous
way of life rather than entertainment. For example, TIPPANI was danced as
the women labourers were laying roads much before the arrival of mechanized
gadgets for road laying. Indeed rhythm is the backbone of dance and the
tribes of Mizoram in Eastern India perform the Bamboo dance, weaving intricate
patterns in and out of the bamboo sticks. As we travel about 3000 kms from
Nagaland to Southeastern India , we come to the green landscape of Kerala,
known for its backwaters coconut trees and martial arts, besides dance forms.
This episode also features Mohiniattam - a classical dance form of Kerala,
performed gracefully by Nandita Prabhu. * Episode Thirteen: Folk Art of
Rajasthan - Baaraath * Folk Art of Tamil Nadu - Kolattam * Bharatanrityam
by Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam: There is no city or state in the world, which
does not celebrate a wedding. However, there are some people who celebrate
it with pomp and splendour like the Rajasthan is. Here is a dance Baaraat
describing a Rajasthani wedding. We move back to Tamil Nadu where we started
and show a small folk number Kolattam performed by young girls in villages.
All the dance form we have seen in this serial, the classical and folk forms
of India , have a common heritage, derived form Natyashastra. This aspect
of Unity in diversity had been well researched by Dr. Padma Subramanyam
and forms the basis of her style Bharata Nrityam. This episode features
a Kuyilpattu Varnam (a song by poet Subramaniya Bharati) performed by Dr.
Padma. The serial concludes with a montage of the various dance forms portrayed
in these 13 parts.