The Dharohar dance is a very colourful, entertaining and vibrant show that portraits tradition and culture of the Rajasthani folklore in an amazing way. The skills and artistry of the performers are definitely worth admiring and should not be missed by anyone visiting this beautiful Haveli
The show that is conducted in the evening around 7 pm. This hour-long show takes place in the courtyard called the Neem Chowk. The balconies of the Neem chowk are beautifully lit up for the traditional Rajasthani folk dance and music.
Seating arrangements are made on the floor around the stage. The floor is arranged with large mattresses placed around the three sides of the terrace to get a good view of the dance performances.
The Dharohar Dance Show is very well organized starting with a brief introduction given by a Rajasthani woman dressed in a traditional Rajasthani attire. The performances are preceded by the beating of a drum, blowing of a conch shell and a religious song.The show consists superbly choreographed dances supported by the musicians playing tabla and harmonium. The women performing the dance wear typical Rajasthani folk costumes with colorful ghagra cholis embodied with glass work and embroidery work.
The first dance performance is called
Chari Dance This is one of the most famed folk dances of the Northern Rajasthan that features a woman dancing with an earthen pot over her head. Draped in a traditional wear, the women dance gracefully balancing the pot to the traditional beats of some of the musical instruments like dhol, dholak and nagada.
The next dance performance called as Terha Taal Dance it is performed by skilled artists, it requires the performer to tie thirteen brass discs around the body, also known as ‘Manjeeras.’ They are then held by the hands and played Terah Taal, better known as the thirteen rhythms. It is fascinating dance form, you have to witness. At one point of time in the performance they hold a knife in their mouth along with a set of brass pots on their head as well as play Manjeeras
The Gorbandh Dance is the next performance where the dancers perform wearing ornaments used to adorn camels and dance in complete abandon. Women twirling in high speed while holding hands, this performance is sure to remind one of their childhood days.
The next one is Rajasthani Puppet show or the Kathputli Dance: Perhaps it is the best part of the show for the kids, Kathputli Dance is a doll dance which is handled by a puppeteer using ropes and wooden dolls. This act is famous throughout Rajasthan, if not in the haveli, you’re for sure to witness this act across the state in restaurants, fares and even resorts. which caters to young kids in the audience. The comical skits performed with the puppets add humour to the show.
Next in the line of performances is the high class dance performance known as Ghumar Dance Loved by all ladies, this dance form is seen in multiple movies and reality shows but the ones performed at the haveli is worth seeing. This dance requires the ladies to spin around savouring the moment wearing long and colourful ‘ghaghara’ and a ‘ghoonghat’ veil. It is a fun dance to witness, your body might just move to the beat.
Gawri Dance: Mostly performed in the southern parts of Rajasthan, the Gawri is a tribal dance that is performed by the Bhil tribe. What is unique about this dance form is that it involves dynamic fight scenes between the Goddess Amba and Devil Bhimwal, not this is something worth watching.
The final performance is Bhavani dance where the performer dances with earthen pots on her head. This performance is the most difficult one as the performer dances with two pots to up to 13 pots on her head while performing various acts including standing on broken glass. Similar to that of Chari Dance, except this is even more fascinating. The instruments that accompany the dance are pakhawaj, jhanjhar, dholak, sarangi, and harmonium. This dance was done by the old lady of age more than 70, it’s really incredible.
The Timings for Dharohar Show: 19:00 to 20:00
Ticket for Local Tourists: Rs 90 (adults) and Rs 45 (kids)
Ticket for Foreign Tourist: Rs 150
Entry: Rs 25 per person and Rs 150 for camera
Timing: 10 am to 17:30
Dharohar-Bagore ki Haveli
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