By Rajesh Ahuja

New Delhi, November 4 (UNI) ‘Man Dole Mera Tan Dole’ from ‘Naagin’ in the 1950s, ‘Thaade Rahiyo’ from ‘Pakeezah,’ Nimbooda ‘from’ Hum Dil Chuke Sanam ‘,’ Pinga ‘from’ Bajirao Mastani and “Ghoomar” from “Padmavati” by Sanjay Leela bhansali – these are some of the popular Bollywood dance numbers that have become a part of popular consciousness over the years.

The songs and dances, included in Hindi films over the years to add a local flavor to these films, have only helped popularize folk dance styles among the masses.

Over the years, the immense popularity of classical and folk dance styles like Garba, Ghoomar and Lavani has forced choreographers to design intricate movements and unforgettable moments around them.

From Vjayanthimala in ‘Devdas’ to Aishwarya Rai dancing to the tunes of ‘Nimbooda’ and later Deepika Padukone with Priyanka Chopra in ‘Pinga’ in the movie ‘Bajirao mastani’, Bollywood has always exquisitely captured various folk styles and made it popular among the masses.

Among the dance forms, Garba, a popular dance style from Gujarat, has become an intrinsic part of Bollywood.

From ‘Dholi Taro’ by Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam to the song ‘Shubhaarambh’ by ‘Kai Po Che’, Bollywood has carried on the tradition of dancing the Garba dance over the years.

While Mahira Khan and superstar SRK danced to the tunes of “Udi Udi Jaye” in their recent film Raees, Deepika Padukone performed the dance with vengeance in the song “Nagada” from the romantic crime drama film – “Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram -Leela ‘.

Adding to the festive flavor and drama, the song “Shubhaarambh” from the movie “Kai Po Che” featured a vibrant Garba number.

Since the film was set in Gujarat, it has beautifully captured the essence of the festival with a brilliant display of color and garba raas.

A popular dance form of Gujarat, the garba is performed not only throughout India but also around the world by Gujarati communities living abroad. Derived from the Sanskrit word Garbha meaning uterus and thus symbolizing life, the dance is traditionally performed in a circle around a clay lantern with a light inside.

The lantern represents life and dancers dance around it in worship of the goddess Amba.

Usually performed during the Navratras, the modern Garba is more of a celebration that lasts nine nights.

‘Lavani’, among the most popular folk dances in the Maharshtra region, has always been one of the most fashionable dance forms among the great ladies of Bollywood.

Dancing diva Helen gave an unforgettable performance in the song ‘Mungda’ in ‘Inkaar’ while 90s Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit performed the Lavani dance style in Sailaab’s ‘Humko Aajkal Hai and’ Main Kolhapur Se Aayi Hoon ‘from’ Anjaam ‘.

Lately, Katrina Kaif has captivated moviegoers with her steamy dance on “Chikni Chameli”. Vidya Balan also received rave reviews for her first lavni issue ‘Mala Jau De’ from the movie ‘Ferrari ki Sawari’. Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone also took to the screen in their jugalbandi Pinga dance for the movie “Bajirao Mastani”.

Lavani is derived from the word – Lavanya meaning beauty. While Lavani made a substantial contribution to the development of Marathi folk theater, in the early days it was used as a morale booster for soldiers during wars. Lavani is a beautiful combination of dance and teasing lyrics with the warm rhythm of Dholki. Women generally wear nine yard sarees when performing the dance.

The ‘Rauf dance’, another popular dance style performed on the occasions of Eid and Ramzan, found its way into the famous movie “Mission Kashmir”. Performed by Preity Zinta and Hrithik Roshan, the song has become a household name.

A spring dance. Rauf is generally performed by women and is performed with a mystical poetry where the dancers dance in sync with the rhythm of the poem. One of the most notable features is their intricate footwork during dance which is called Chakri in the local language.

The latest star of Deepika Padukone ‘Padmavati’ will see the popularization of the Ghoomar dance, a popular dance form of Rajasthan.

Commercial sources said the actress received special training to perform the song in the film, which required her to wear large jewelry and a traditional costume.

Believed to be derived from the word “ghoomna” which means going around in circles, the ghoomar is the folk dance of the state of Rajasthan. The dance is mainly performed by veiled women who wear flowing dresses called Ghaghara.

Performed by Rajasthanis on almost any auspicious occasion, the dance involves doing pirouettes while moving in and out of a large circle producing a kaleidoscope of color.

The dancing is believed to be associated with royal women in the state where they only danced on special occasions, especially when a newlywed walks into her husband’s house. The dance also found its place in the list of the world’s most amazing local dances after an international travel website ranked it fourth on the list in 2013.

In recent years, popular dance numbers like “Beedi Jalai Le” from “Omkara”, “Do Jahaan” from – “Haider”, “Monta Re” from “Lootere” and “Jugni from” Cocktail “have also popularized the styles. folk dance.

Trade experts say that while bringing popularity to Bollywood films, these dance numbers also act as mascots of that particular region or culture.

Moreover, with the dance numbers dominating the public consciousness, the Bollywood films in which they have been shown have helped to publicize these dance styles.