What are the most striking characteristics of music and dance forms in Gwalior?
Posted on Dec 11, 2013 by sushma.yadav
Gwalior is known for its grandeur and artistic heritage. Music and dance has been the lifeline of the city since ages. It doesn’t matter if you are a casual tourist or cultural critic, the wonderful music and incredible dance forms in Gwalior will never cease to amaze you.
Yadav, Sahara and Ahiri are some of the dance forms that are symbols of Gwalior’s prosperous dance culture. Ahiri dance is a local dance form that belongs to Ahir, gwala or the cattle herd tribes of Madhya Pradesh.
In addition to this, artists of this city have been transmitting many other forms of dances since ages. These dance forms have now blended well in the culture of Gwalior. Different renowned universities in Gwalior including Jiwaji University offer diploma and masters’ courses in these local dance forms.
Tansen, the iconic musician borne in Gwalior city, is the source of city’s rich musical heritage.
Tansen Sangeet Samaroh, the annual music event that takes place in Tansen Tomb, attracts most popular artists from all corners of India, which come here to deliver their performances.
Most classical singers draw inspiration from the Gwalior Gharana which is one of the oldest Khayalgharanas. Tansen is believed to be a beacon of the Dhrupad style which is Hindustani classical music’s vocal genre.
The fact that Gwalior still holds its rich musical heritage is a heartwarming gesture. Government actively works to promote schools of music in the city. Adarsh Kala Mandir, Government Madhav Music College and Bhartiya Sangeet Mahavidyalaya are the renowned institutions of music.
All these fascinating things about the music and art forms prospering in Gwalior attract people to explore the cultural contours of Gwalior. We recommend you to plan a tour to Gwalior.