Dharohar Folk Dance Program at Bagore ki Haveli in Udaipur

Bagore Ki Haveli is an 18th-century building in Udaipur City in the Indian State of Rajasthan. Standing along the shores of the calm waters of Gangaur Ghat of Pichola Lake the haveli holds in it many traditional and heritage legends to spill out to the enthusiast visitors.


Bagore ki Haveli History

Built by Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar, the building will awe you with its splendid architecture featuring ornate carvings and colorful mirror work. After the death of Amir Chand Badwa, the mansion was an abode to Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore. The haveli was further expanded and embellished and named after as Bagore Ki Haveli (Mansion of Bagore).

The haveli was abandoned post-independence for around 50 years and then handed over to the West Zone Cultural Centre (WZCC). West Zone Cultural Centre worked on reviving its original royal glory and housed a museum in the haveli portraying the lifestyle and culture of the Mewar. A stroll in the Bagore ki haveli museum will walk you back in time with the well-preserved exclusive artifacts of the bygone times of Mewar.

Dharohar Dance Show

At dusk when the sun melts into the horizon the haveli lightens up with prismatic colors for the Rajasthan traditional dance and music performance. We bought our tickets and climbed the set of stairs leading to the terrace called Neem Chowk enclosed by illuminated building corridors and walls adorned with puppets.

Bagore ki Haveli Udaipur Dharohar Dance Show

Benches and beds were arranged for the visitors, beds already filled we took a seat on benches at the rearmost. The arches in the corridor shone its hues emanating a regal elegance making for a perfect ambiance to experience the royal heritage.

Bagore ki Haveli Udaipur Dharohar Dance Show

In the center, the traditional musical instruments waited to be heard with the traditional folk dance and songs. With the blowing of Conch and beating of drums, the program began. The men in traditional attire wearing colorful turban welcomed the guest with the popular ‘Kesariya Balam’ song.

Bagore ki Haveli Udaipur Dharohar Dance Show

The host Deepak Dixit welcomed everyone and provided an insight on the most awaited program Dharohar Dance Show. Dharohar means ‘Heritage’ and the program staged the folk dance of the traditional Rajasthani heritage. The hosting was both in Hindi as well as the English language.

Bagore ki Haveli Udaipur Dharohar Dance Show

The first dance of the evening was the ‘Chari Dance’. Everyone gasped in awe as the ladies dressed in bright traditional dresses entered the terrace with ignited brass pot on their head. It was amazing to watch how they balanced the pots while they danced with graceful movements and swirls.

Bagore ki Haveli Udaipur Dharohar Dance Show

Bagore ki Haveli Udaipur Dharohar Dance Show

‘Chari dance’ was followed by popular Rajasthani folk dance ‘Gorbandh Dance’. Camel plays a prominent role in the lives of the people in the desert and is known as the ‘Ship of the Desert’. The Gorbandh Dance illustrates how the women of the house take pride and enjoy the process of designing and decorating their camels. The women danced in sheer bliss while a man in the background played the camel puppet.

Bagore ki Haveli Udaipur Dharohar Dance Show

Bagore ki Haveli Udaipur Dharohar Dance Show

The series of dance performance was followed by ‘Gavri Dance’ a play depicting a fight between the demon and the incarnation of goddess Durga. By now Chhavi was in deep slumber there was definitely something magical in the vibe of the aura.

Bagore ki Haveli Udaipur Dharohar Dance Show

After the play, the group of women dressed in traditional attires and face covered with the veil was back for the graceful ‘Ghoomar Dance’. The women moving in rhythmic circles in festive spirit flaunted their colorful Ghaghara (traditional skirts) adorned with embroidery and glasswork. As the women twirled to and fro in circles their ghagharas flowed along creating graceful and captivating flares. This splendid view was being enjoyed by the spectators as much as the dancers themselves.

Bagore ki Haveli Udaipur Dharohar Dance Show

Terah Taal Dance is one of the skilled and complex forms of Rajasthani folk dance. The women tie thirteen manjeeras (little brass disc) on various parts of the body and ring it with the one in their hands. The women balancing pot on their head illustrated various household chores like grass cutting and cooking through dance. It was an awe-inspiring sight to behold.

Bagore ki Haveli Udaipur Dharohar Dance Show

Next performance was all time favorite Puppet Show. The puppeteer danced the puppets to the beats of the traditional music controlled by the strings and accompanied by a sharp shrill sound produced by the puppeteer with a bamboo reed. The show was full of humor and fun and was enjoyed by the spectators.

Bagore ki Haveli Udaipur Dharohar Dance Show

Bagore ki Haveli Udaipur Dharohar Dance Show

The last and the most exhilarating performance of the evening was the Bhavai Dance. The Bhavai Dance symbolizes the custom of women in the deserts of Rajasthan who walk for miles to collect water in their pots. The dance started with two pots and subsequently, the pots kept piling up until there were eleven pots. It was amazing to behold the balancing skill and the grace with which the women danced.

The women also danced standing on the edges of a metal plate and on glass pieces. It’s amazing to know that this woman recently celebrated her 70th birthday. The crowd was elated and could not stop cheering the women. To add to the delight of the audience the women ended the dance with a couple of favorite Sufi numbers including ‘Duma Dum Mast Kalandar’.

Bagore ki Haveli Udaipur Dharohar Dance Show

Dharohar Dance program takes place every evening from 7 pm to 8 pm. There are separate tickets for entrance and camera. Check details here. After the program, we spend some peaceful time at the Gangaur Ghat on the shores of Lake Pichola. The entrance gate to the Gangaur Ghat has intricate and remarkable carvings and artwork.

Bagore ki Haveli Udaipur Dharohar Dance Show

The golden illumination of the buildings around the lake painted an entrancing pattern on the surface of the calm waters. A perfect spot for a romantic evening after the cultural dose!

Bagore ki Haveli Udaipur Dharohar Dance Show

Have you visited Bagore ki Haveli and experienced the Rajasthani heritage programs? We would love to your views on the culture and heritage programs.

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50 Comment

  1. I haven’t visited the Bagore ki Haveli and experienced the Rajasthani heritage programs. It looks like a wonderful experience.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      You should definitely visit if you admire culture and heritage

  2. This sounds like a lovely performance and the architecture of those buildings is beautiful!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      It was indeed 🙂

  3. Such gorgeous costumes in the Dharohar Folk Dance Program. I’m enjoying all your posts on India. I’m really looking forward to visiting. And I’ve come to realize I need to spend more time there than I initially thought.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Incredible land of India has too much to offer. Hope you have a memorable trip here 🙂

  4. Danica says: Reply

    When I hear India, only Taj Mahal comes to mind. I knew India was rich in culture and arts but I really only have a little knowledge about what to do and where to go. Will bookmark this!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Taj Mahal is definitely the incredible wonder of India but we can assure you there is so much more to this land rich with culture and heritage.

  5. neha says: Reply

    We recently went to Udaipur and we also visited Bagore ki Haveli . But we couldn’t stay back for this show. Now I feel we should have 🙂 Next time for sure we are going to catch it

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Bagore ki Haveli wasnt on our list too it was an instant plan and we are glad we did 🙂

  6. I haven’t been to this haveli. Looks worth a visit particularly for the cultural event. Amazing how they balance all those pots on head and dance around.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree Indrani it was an awe-inspiring experience!

  7. Gel says: Reply

    Looks like an interesting play. I’m sure it tells a lot about the history and heritage of the place.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Yes it does 🙂

  8. Mav says: Reply

    It always amaze me to see how different cultures celebrate and to see their architectures. You will always feel as if you really are in a different world and it really is a wonderful world out there.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Very true.. These culture and heritage programs walk us back in time to experience the bygone times.

  9. erica says: Reply

    This cultural show is quite unique. This is my first time to hear about a cultural show like this. I would love to watch this sometime

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Erica these are the essence of cultural India 🙂

  10. I love the vibrant outfits of the ladies! I am sure they danced pretty well too. Are those real clay pots? I am hoping that I can visit this place someday.

  11. Elisa says: Reply

    wow, what that woman does with all those pots is very impressive! this is a festival that I would enjoy, so colorful!

  12. Katie says: Reply

    Wow what an experience! I am a dance graduate and love learning new dance styles around the world! This would be amazing and is on my bucket list now – thanks for a great post!

  13. I so much missed attending the performance at Bagore ki Haveli while were in Udaipur this year on the day of Vijayadashami. The plan was to visit Bagore Ki Haveli in the evening to witness the spectacular show. All thanks to the DJs and Ravan dahan arranged in the narrow alleys of old town, we could hardly cross the street of our hotel. However, we were lucky enough to enjoy the spectacular view of the illuminated City palace, Bagore ki haveli and Gangaur gate from Jharokha of our hotel room in Hotel Lake Pichola. I loved taking a virtual tour of the haveli in your post here. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  14. Marge says: Reply

    I love watching cultural shows like this, but I have never seen one from India so this would definitely be an interesting thing for me if I were there. I love how colorful their outfits are. I am most curious about chari dance. We have a similar traditional dance here in the Philippines but the women just use clay pots, not pots that have fire on them. So I wanna see how the dancers go about their dancing when there is something burning, literally, on top of their heads.

  15. We have the same traditional dance in the Philippines where the ladies put a pot on their heads as they dance. But only one pot. That last dance number in this program is jaw-dropping! I would love to see this! :p

  16. Jerny says: Reply

    this looks like a good experience! would love to see those people performing live! how much were the tickets if I may ask and why is there a different ticket for camera?

  17. Shane says: Reply

    Such a neat experience to immerse yourself into their culture. Love that they paint the camels so they’re all unique for the show!

  18. What stunning costumes the ladies were wearing! It looks like a night that would be a lot of fun. If I ever make it to India, I’ll have to add this to my list!

  19. I always enjoy spots and activities that provide a glimpse about a place’s culture. This would be fun to try!

  20. I love those plays, I think it’s such a great cultural thing to do. They do that here in Bali too 🙂

  21. Oh the beautiful Rajasthan.. I am really convinced now to include this place in one’s list when exploring India.. I am already entertained with the photos about the dances, how much more to watch it live… I hope, one day, I’ll experience it for myself.. Thanks for posting this..

  22. Wow how can someone have so many pots on their head? Can’t wait to see stuff like this when I go to India! Bagore Ki Haveli looks like an awesome place to visit authentic culture.

  23. Elena says: Reply

    Wow, the pictures are so colorful. It seems like a fun place to be!

  24. I have never watched any cultural dance shows from India. But I’ve always imagined them to be festive and colorful just as you’ve introduced! Would definitely love to see them in person and maybe learn some steps too!

  25. Udaipur is such a perfect setting for such a cultural experience, isn’t it? And in the backdrop of a traditional haveli like this, the impact must get heightened multi-fold.

  26. Tom says: Reply

    I bet everyone who attended that performance will never forget the pots-on-the-head dance. Wonder how you train for that? The other dances must have been great as well, and the setting for it all looks just brilliant.

  27. Jenn says: Reply

    What an amazing performance you must have whitnessed! It’s fantastic that tradition can be still be shown like that. And Uidapur seems like an amazing place to visit. Thanks for the info!

  28. Liz says: Reply

    I’ve never been to India! But it certainly looks packed with culture and history and I hope to make it there someday!

  29. Tae says: Reply

    The woman with the pots is amazing – such talent and poise! I can’t believe her age, either! This looks like such an entertaining, fun, and colorful experience.

  30. blair villanueva says: Reply

    Splendid and rich in culture away from the tarnish of Western influence. Oh I would like to visit someday ☺

  31. Such a vivid and colorful show! The costumes are simply breathtaking and I like how the lighting is just as brightly colored as the dancers’ outfits. I’d love to see a show like this in person, so that I can enjoy the music and the movement of the dancers on stage.

  32. Mika says: Reply

    The architecture looks awesome, and all of the colors are amazing! The dance show looks really entertaining, and it sounds like you had a great time!

  33. I love the colorful costumes, and the architecture is really stunning! Thank you for sharing your experience with us 🙂

  34. I have ben to Udaipur but not to this haveli. Seems lovely though! So vibrant and colourful, seems like you had a great time there 🙂

  35. Carmy says: Reply

    The puppet show looks like it was quite fun! However, I was distracted by how pretty the doorways and windows were in the background! I love the pattern in them and how unique they look! I also can’t even balance one pot so I have no idea how they did 11! That is impressive!!

  36. The camel puppet is really cute! What skilful and passionate dancers. The way you have described them really makes you feel as if you are there in the atmosphere.

  37. Ami says: Reply

    I missed the cultural evening but did spend some time capturing Bagore ki Haveli. Seems like I missed a lovely program. I loved the intricate carvings on the haveli and yes, I agree with you – it looks stunning at night with all those lights.

  38. Paola says: Reply

    I’ve never been in that area of India, but I would definitely love to visit Rajastan! In this article you really pass the feelings and what you esperienced during the show. I loved watching the colourful dresses in the pictures.

  39. Bagore ki Haveli looks magnificent and Udaipur has some of the incredible architecture and cultural heritages to die for! I went to Jaipur a few years back for work but couldn’t visit Udaipur. Also, I didn’t know that they have so many types of folk dances!

  40. Mimi says: Reply

    That’s many pots on the head there haha, crazy! Love going through this, I wish I get to go visit Udaipur soon. Love my previous trip to India so gotta go back asap!

  41. Rajasthani folk dances are so beautiful and getting to watch them is such an amazing experience. The colourful attire and the different kinds of dances makes the folk dances so incredible. A must have experience for any visitor to Rajasthan

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