PLEASE DON'T MAINPAGE KTHX.
This is based on OldWomanYellsATClods' idea about showcasing the different traditional dances of different cultures. I'll post about some Indian ones. There is no way ALL of the traditional dances of every single Indian state can be written about in one post (because each state has it's own variety of traditional dances. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/States_an… and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_I… )
I'm not an expert on these dances, so if I get something wrong or if anyone has more information, please share.
I might not cover all of the dances I know of because there's just too damn many of them.
The Kodava (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodava_pe…) dance is performed by a specific group of people called the Kodavas. They are traditionally agriculturists with martial traditions i.e. they carry swords and weapons. Kodava women wear their sarees in a distinctly different fashion.
Yakshagana is a dance distinctly famous throughout India. It is a very unique style that cannot be forgotten once seen, and is very similar to opera. This is usually performed on stage and can go on all night long. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakshagan…
Bhuta kola is similar to Yakshagana. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhuta_Kol…
Naga mandala is similar to Bhuta kola and is done to worship snakes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagaradha… The video below shows the Nagamandala version of the dance symbolising the union of the male and female serpent.
Togalu gombeyaata is a form of puppetry. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Togalu_Go…
There are so many other dances that I could add to this, but I'm afraid Kinja might break.