Witness Culture of Rajasthan at Bagore Ki Haveli Udaipur

5 min

If you ever feel like taking some steps back and going into the historical moments of traditional dance and culture and breathe the olden era air with some heart touching moments that will take you back to those days then trust me Bagore ki Haveli is the best!

With marvelous architecture of the mansion in carved and glass work by amir chand is one of the fascinating places one can ever visit. It is a beautiful ancient structure standing high on the purlieu of beautiful murky blue Pichola lake. Ah what scenic picturesque that one could cherish for lifelong.

The Bagore ki haveli is not just a royal palatial but also has within itself old architectural style museum with patriarchal stories & paintings. And the evening hours gets exclusively mesmerized & entertaining with traditional performances and music dance. So those old and young in distress due to anxiety and strains of modern day life take out time and breathe the preserved olden days and visit Bagore ki haveli.

Dharohar Cultural Evening Program at Bagore Ki Haveli

Dharohar Cultural Evening Program in Bagore Ki Haveli Udaipur

Colorful stage with lights and skilled traditional Rajasthani folk dance and music performers are surely going to take you into the wilderness of delirium. Bagore Ki Haveli presents the most convenient evening dance show with a lot of creativity and energy that one can ever witness. The evening begin with the most popular Rajasthani song, Kesariya Balam.

Dharohar dance or Welcome Dance

Dharohar dance - Dharohar Cultural Evening Program at Bagore Ki Haveli Udaipur

With a mix of Mewari, Bhil and western Rajasthani dances is performed by talented performers in the middle of the well structured courtyard of Bagore Ki Haveli. The event starts with beating of drums and blowing of corn shells which is considered auspicious and an act of thanksgiving to Hindu gods. The dancers are beautifully clad females in traditional costumes with cholis which are colored and embroidered with glass work along with other counterparts who brief the people about the name, origin of the dance and cultural importance of the dance. The dance is performed on the beats of tabla and harmonium.

Chari Dance or Fire Pot Dance

Chari Dance or Firepot Dance - Dharohar Cultural Evening Program at Bagore Ki Haveli Udaipur

It is one of the most exclusive and interesting dances which not only presents culture but also talent. This dance cannot be performed by the common layman or women. The performers dance with flaming brass pots on their heads and twist, turn and whirl around on the beats of tabla and harmonium. The skill of balancing the hot pot is unique.

Terha Taal Dance or Manjiras & Knife Dance

The name terha Taal means thirteen beats or bells of dance. In this dance the performers play 13 different bells (manjhira’s) or unique music and the female dancers have their hands and legs clad with beautiful tinkling bells and during the dance rhythms these bells along with the music produces a melodious music.

Terha Taal Manjira Knife Dance - Dharohar Cultural Evening Program at Bagore Ki Haveli Udaipur

Then later stage of the dance includes the performers holding knife in their mouth as some traditional symbol and brass pots on their heads with additional use of manhjira’s (bells) for extra tunes.

Gorbandh Dance

Gorbandh dance is the next in line dance and is exclusively ornamental dance. The main theme of the dance is representing the ornaments. It’s a fun filled dance with female performers whirling around very fast on the rhythms of music and the beats. The performers wear the ornaments which customarily the camels wear, the reason is some what mythological.

Gorbandh Dance - Dharohar Cultural Evening Program at Bagore Ki Haveli Udaipur

The intervals include many entertainments like traditional rajasthani puppet shows describing the story of lovers and comical skits to refresh the viewers. Ghumar dance is another dance which is circular dance were the performers dance in circles according to the music beats.

Bhavai Dance

The show concludes with a Bhavai Dance which is the most talented and challenging dance with number of pots on the heads of the performers with a skill set of stillness and balance.

Bhavai Dance - Dharohar Cultural Evening Program at Bagore Ki Haveli Udaipur

The performers have two pots on their head and in dancing moves they have to pick something from the floor and with progress in movements additional pots are added till they are suppose to balance 13 pots.

And this is not just enough the dancer a very refined female performer stands on broken glass while balancing the pots without any fears and pain. And such excellent talent requires persistence and hard work. This dance has some mythological importance as per Rajasthani culture.

Bhavai - Dharohar Cultural Evening Program at Bagore Ki Haveli Udaipur

Besides the show there’s a small exhibition along with show which will help one to buy some memorable materials like puppets, cultural materials etc.

The spectacle performance at Bagore Ki Haveli is a well known one with many kinds of tourist attractions for the show as well as the ancient relics which includes both locals and foreigners humming in for cultural performance.

Tip: It is advisable to reach for the show 30 minutes prompt.

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[Images 1, 2, 3, 4 Courtesy: Dharohar Folk Dance]

Nishit Jariwala
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