Traditional Siddi

The Siddi community is also known by different synonyms such as Habshi and Badsha. It is believed that they are of African origin. The Siddi have folk tales and folk songs about their origin and migration. These folk songs are sung at the time of 'Dhamal dance (traditional folk dance) which is extremely popular in Saurashtra. Both males and females participate in rasda dance but the dhamal dance is performed exclusively by men only. They also use percussion musical instruments.

Folk Dance

Garba dance is famous in all parts of India is originally a popular folk Dance of Gujarat. In this folk dance, ladies place the pot known as Garba with the lamp on their heads and move in circular direction, singing at the same time measure by clapping their palms or snapping their fingers, to the accompaniment of folk instruments. Even in some villages of Gujarat, one would find tradition of a "Light" (Deevo-Kodiyun) in an earthen pot with the holes all around, placed in the center on a stool and colourful dressed ladies dance around it clapping their hands in beats and singing Mataji`s songs.

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