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Giddha Dance

Giddha is a lively folk-dance of the women in Punjab. It is mainly performed during the gay occasions, especially during marriages. The rhythm of the dance is put up by the clapping of the hands.

Giddha is generally played in a circle in open courtyards. During the performance, one of the performers sings a song called 'bolis'. Giddha is inclusive of simple steps and dancers form a circle while performance. An integral part of this dance is mimicry. One of the performers plays the role of an aged bridegroom and another as a young bride. The various phases of a Punjabi woman are depicted through this play. Dholki or drum is the major musical instrument used in this dance.

The performers wear choli and ghagra or ordinary Punjabi Salwar-Kamiz, rich in color and design. Ornaments such as suggi-phul (worn on head), pazaibs (anklets), haar-hamela, (gem-studded golden necklace), baazu-band (worn around upper-arm) and raani-haar (a long necklace made of solid gold) are also worn.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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