Folk Dances of North East India

The seven sister states and brother states of the Northeast - Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, and Sikkim – are a treasure trove of cultural experiences, and their folk dances are the crown jewels. These dances are more than just entertainment; they're a celebration of life, seasons, and the rich heritage of the region. Today, we're embarking on a journey through the colourful and spirited world of folk dances that define the cultural landscape of Northeast India. Get ready to immerse yourself in the rhythms and melodies that have been passed down through generations, celebrating the traditions and heritage of the region.

Bihu Dance

Our first state is Assam, where the Bihu dance celebrates spring and the Assamese New Year. Picture young people swaying amidst nature's splendour, their movements reflecting the joy of new beginnings. The energetic beats of dhol drums and pepa (made from buffalo horns) set the mood, while the dancers' vibrant attire adds a splash of colour to the festivities.

Women dancing in distance amidst grasslands
children dressed in Khasi outfits


Then there's Bardoichila dance of the Bodo tribe that will leave you spellbound. This dance, performed by girls, depicts the arrival of the monsoon. Their graceful movements symbolise the storm and rain, a visual prayer for a bountiful harvest. Keep an eye out for the colourful costumes and the rhythmic sounds of the Kham (drum), sifung (flute), and cymbals.

Wangala Dance

The Wangala dance, also known as the Hundred Drum Dance, is an integral part of the Garo tribal culture in Meghalaya. It is performed during the Wangala festival to honour the deity of fertility and ensure a bountiful harvest. The synchronised movements of the dancers, accompanied by the rhythmic beats of drums, create a mesmerising spectacle that reflects the unity and vitality of the community. It is one of the vibrant and graceful Meghalaya dance forms.

people dressed in native outfits while dancing and playing drums
Group of men wearing colourful attire dancing in a synchronised manner

Cheraw Dance

The Cheraw dance, also known as the Bamboo Dance, is a traditional dance form of the Mizos in Mizoram. It involves intricate footwork as dancers move in and out between horizontally placed bamboo poles, creating a rhythmic pattern that is both mesmerising and challenging. The dance is often performed during festivals and special occasions, symbolising unity, cooperation, and harmony.

Hojagiri Dance

The Tripuri dance, also known as the Hojagiri dance, is a traditional dance form of the Tripuri community in Tripura. It is performed by young girls balancing earthen pitchers on their heads while gracefully moving to the rhythm of traditional songs and music. The dance is a symbol of femininity, grace, and resilience.

dolls hanging from a rope at a shop
Group of people in a colourful attire showcasing intricate footwork

Pung Cholom 

Pung Cholom is a traditional Manipuri dance performed with the beat of the Pung, a traditional Manipuri drum. It is characterised by its vibrant movements, intricate footwork, and acrobatic feats. Pung Cholom is often performed as a prelude to other Manipuri dance forms like Ras Leela, showcasing the skill and agility of the dancers.

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