- Posted September 16, 2013 by
Giddha female dance of Punjab.
Giddha is a popular folk dance exclusively preformed by women in Punjab region of India and Pakistan. This dance is often considered to be derived from an ancient dance known as the ring dance and is equally energetic as Bhangra (another Punjabi cultural dance preformed by male dancers), at the same time it manages to creatively display feminine grace, elegance and elasticity. It is a very colorful dance and displays women empowerment positively- which is much needed in those parts of the world. Women perform this dance mainly at local festive or social occasions.
This form of dance (like most dances of the region) has bright rich colored costumes usually cultural jewelry is also worn by participants that match the costumes. The Punjabi dress salwar kameez with its bright colors are the typical costumes for this dance. This dance is usually danced in a group, swinging and twisting the body, shaking the shoulders while bending knees and clapping. Usually some sort of folk tales are sung in a rhythm to go along with the dance items.
Normally, there are no musical instruments associated with Giddha, except (sometimes) perhaps a dhol (an oval shaped two-headed drum) which provides the rhythm for the dance. Mostly women prefer clapping as the rhythm. The hand-claps of the dancers are a prominent feature of this art-form, but in North American countries especially Canada it usually is preformed with prerecorded music playing in the back ground.
This dance usually is danced in a circle like format. All participants clap their hands and sing small couplets called Boliyan or folk tales. These Boliaan are on emotions, (healthy) humor, love, nature and many other local topics and themes. Two dancers usually come upfront and dance while chanting local often legendary tales.
To imitate someone is also a popular in Giddha. This dance form also incorporates village life scenes of woman spinning cotton, fetching water from the well, etc. This is accompanied with appropriate traditional songs.
Usually abroad like for example in our very own Canada, this folk dance just has a symbolic presence. This however has to be admitted that Punjabi Sikhs have one way or the other somehow managed to keep these cultural traditions alive. And the west and Canada in particular has welcomed all.
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