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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the peculiar features of Gwalior music and dance forms?

Aloke Bajpai DEC 10 2012
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Gwalior boasts of a royal and artistic heritage. Music and dance have been flowing in its veins since centuries. Whether you are a cultural critic or a casual tourist, the music and dance forms in Gwalior unfailingly impress upon you.


  • Dance

    Dance forms like Yadav, Sahara and Ahiri are symbols of Gwalior’s enticing dance culture. Ahiri dance is a native dance form of the Ahir, gwala or the cattle herd tribes of Madhya Pradesh.

  • Apart from this, across the past ages, artists of this city have propagated several other forms of dances, which have been amicably assimilated in the culture of Gwalior.

  • In fact, prominent universities in the city such as
    Jiwaji University offer courses in these dance forms starting from diplomas to masters.

  • Music

    Gwalior city derives its rich musical heritage from the iconic musician Tansen, who was born here. The annual Tansen Sangeet Samaroh held in the Tansen Tomb is famous all across India and attracts renowned artists to assemble here and deliver performances.

  • The
     Gwalior Gharana, one of the oldest Khayal gharanas, has served as an inspiration to most classical singers. It is believed that Tansen was an exponent of the Hindustani classical music's Dhrupad style, a vocal genre in Hindustani classical music.

  • And it is heartening to see that Gwalior still retains its rich musical lineage. Several schools of music are voraciously promoted by the government. Some prominent ones are-
    Adarsh Kala Mandir, Bhartiya Sangeet Mahavidyalaya and Government Madhav Music College.


We are certain that all this sounds very fascinating, and incites you to learn more about these art forms that define the cultural contours of Gwalior. Well, go ahead, we say.

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