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Chari dance of Rajasthan

Presented here is the traditional Chari dance of Rajasthan, performed during the Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan state of India. Noted for its graceful movements, the dance form is a famous dance of women belonging to the gujjar community of Kishangarh. Chari dance can be considered as the traditional fire dance of Rajasthan.

In this dance, dancers carry flaming brass pots on their heads balancing them to perfection. These pots are kept lit with cotton seeds dipped in oil. These fire pots present a beautiful sight in the dark night. This dance performance does not have any complicated movements except balancing the pots on their heads.

The instruments accompanying in this performance are dhol (a kind of drum), bankia (a trumpet-like brass instrument ) and thali (an autophonic instrument).