Punjab, the rambling land of ancient Indian culture and folklore is also noted for its exuberant and colorful dance forms. The womenfolk solely perform Gidda, a Punjabi folk dance, similar to the more eminent Bhangra. Those who are not familiar with the nitty-gritty's of Punjabi dance often tend to confuse the two.
Gidda resembles a narrative where the women enact bolis complete with music, poetry and dance. They topics usually deal with contemporary domestic issues ranging from bitter arguments with the in-laws, family politics, the excesses of an amorous husband sisters and mothers, loneliness of a young lovelorn bride estranged from her husband to the evils of society or expressing guileless deep love.
A highly energetic dance, the dancers sway in sync with the drumbeats and the clapping of their palms. Derived from the ancient ring dance, the satiric verses are performed by a group of girls. One girl sings the bolis and when the cadence rises when the last but one line of the song is reached the others join in the vigorous dance. Another girl plays on the traditional dholki.
Gidda is a lively dance with brisk swift movements. When the pace of the songs increases, the girls dance in unison to it. Their embroidered dupattas and ethnic jewelry emphasize the quick turns as they dance to the vivacious tunes. The female dancers are clad in a short choli with a lower ghagra or lehnga or simple a vibrant Punjabi Salwar-Kameez. The apparel is embellished with jewelry and accessories that comprise of the suggi-phul (worn on head) to pazaibs (anklets), haar-hamela, (gem-studded golden necklace) baazu-band (worn around upper-arm) and raani-haar (a long necklace made of solid gold).
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