Culture of Rajasthan is as unique and as colorful as its rich historical past. Rajasthani culture reflects the colorful history of the state. One can find the essence of the culture on its folk dances, traditional cuisines, peoples in Rajasthan and in their everyday life. Being a princely state, Rajasthan is known for its royal grandeur and royalties. It attracts tourists from all over the world with its beautiful traditions, culture, people, history, and monuments.
The Rangeelo Rajasthan swears by its historic cities, rustic forts, bustling markets and its rich culture that makes the city a regal place to visit in India. Be it the vibrant attires, the traditional dance forms or the language, every tiny atom of the state makes Rajasthan a culturally diverse place.Often hailed as the “Land of Kings”, Rajasthan exhibits its royal palaces, fortified havelis and forts that sing a saga of the bygone years.
If you ever visit this desert state then don’t forget to have an insight of the folk music, dance, art and craft of Rajasthan, which will make you fall in love with this place. Rajasthan is truly a state with a splendid colorful culture. Opposite to named as ‘the land of Kings’ or ‘the country of Rajputs’, Rajasthan culture follows some of the oldest tribes – Bhils, Minas, Meos, Banjaras, Gadia, and Lohars. Culture in Rajasthan is vibrant and includes mesmerizing music, yummy n spicy cuisines and above all unmatchable Dances. In music, Panihari style is very much famous among visitors apart from Ghevar dish and Ghoomar dance of Rajasthan.
Attire of Rajasthani People : Similar to the city’s vibe, the people of Rajasthan love to don colourful attires, turbans and saris embellished with stones and ghungroos. Men wear turbans known as ‘Jodhpuri safa’ or ‘Jaipuriya pagri’ which is an integral part of their dressing. Angrakha, a frock type garment made out of cotton covers the upper body and the lower body is draped with dhoti or pyjama. Women mostly wear a long skirt called ‘ghagra’ which they team up with a blouse called ‘choli’. Rajasthani women are fond of jewellery and they like to accessorize their dresses with chunky silver and lac ornaments.
Art & Craft in Rajasthan : Making heads turn with its exquisite handicraft items, Rajasthan is a Holy Grail place to buy extravagant jewellery, colourful fabrics, embroidered clothes and leather products. You can buy the miniature paintings, hand woven rugs and puppets that are frequently bought by the tourists here. Puppet shows with wooden dummies are also showcased at Rajasthan which attracts many tourists. Since the state is famous for its Rajasthani textile, tie-dye work, embroidery, zari, mirror work, metallic thread embroidery and the hand block painted fabrics are quite popular here.
Music in Rajasthan : The euphonious folk music of Rajasthan can even make the desert blossom. These songs are sung as ballad each reciting a different story. They are mellifluous and compelling, having intense lyrics that are usually sung during special occasions and festivals. Different communities in Rajasthan practise singing as a profession such as Dholis, Dhadhis, Fedalis, Patars and Kanchari, Nats, Hawais, Rawals and much more.
Dance Forms in Rajasthan : Any function in Rajasthan remains unfulfilled without the folk dance performances of the regional artists. The attires, expressions, moves and rhythm make the performances outstanding. Some of the popular dance forms of Rajasthan are the Kalbelia dance, an ancient dance form practiced by the women of Kalbelia community (snake charmers). While Ghoomar dance is performed by Rajput women. Chari dance which is another famous dance form requires a lot of practice and skills as the dancer needs to balance pots on their head.
Cuisine of Rajasthan : Rajasthan is revered for its traditional cuisines that give you a burst of flavours on your taste buds. Smothered with ghee, butter and an array of Indian spices, the dishes of Rajasthan are finger licking good. Pure Ghee is a substitute for oil in Rajasthan and the locals use it in almost everything they cook. Dal-Bati-Churma, Gatte ki Sabzi, Mirchi Bada, Pyaaj Kachori, Ghevar, Bikaneri Bhujia and Dil Khushal are some of the scrumptious delicacies that you need to savour on your trip to Rajasthan.