Women dancing while carrying ignited brass pot on their heads, traditional dance by Gujjar community of northern Rajasthan. A customary dance of ethnic Gujjar community from Northern Rajasthan, chari/charu means water pot made by metal. Women of gujjar community keep the vessel on their head; often these vessel pots are blazed with cotton seeds dipped in oil. The main skill is balancing these flaming pots on head while dancing. A well choreographed and a great music coming out from bankia (musical instrument) generates a electrifying waves in the audiences. I was completely stunned!
Art of Balancing
Collecting water in a Chari or a Pot is essential to the daily life of women in rural or desert areas of Rajasthan. The Chari dance is performed by a group of women who adorn themselves with traditional ornaments and costumes. Accompanied by Rajasthani Folk music played with instruments like nagada, dholak, dhol, and harmonium, the Chari dance is a celebration of culture and art.
Similar to the Bhavai dance, the Chari dance involves carrying brass pots on their heads, but in this case, the pots contain fire-lit lamps. The dancers move gracefully, swaying their hips and making hand movements while skillfully balancing the pots as they twirl.