While the world has vigorously embraced (no puns here) salsa and tango, onInternational Dance Day here’s a tribute to India’s glorious dance forms from the states — as colourful and varied as their topography.

Celebrated every year on April 30, since 1982, International Dance Day not only draws the attention of the wider public to the performing art, it also marks the birthday of French dancer and ballet master Jean-Georges Noverre.

Not just bhangra, bharatnatyam or kathakali, there are many other folk and classical dance forms that need your love.

Write in to us in the comments section if we’ve missed any.

  • Bhangra, Punjab
  • Kuchipudi, Andhra Pradesh
  • Chhau, Orissa and West Bengal
  • Bharatnatyam, Tamil Nadu
  • Dandiya, Gujarat
  • Garba, Gujarat
  • Bihu, Assam
    Assamese girls perform Bihu, a traditional folk dance of Assam, during India’s Independence Day celebrations in Gauhati, India, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. India marked 64 years of independence from British rule. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
  • Lavani, Maharashtra
  • Giddha, Punjab
  • Ghoomar, Rajasthan
  • Odissi, Odisha
  • Kathak
  • Kathakali, Kerala
  • Bagurumba, Assam
  • Bathukamma, Telengana
  • Dhemsa, Odisha
  • Mohiniyattam, Kerala
  • Manipuri, Manipur
  • Panthi, Chattisgarh
  • Sattriya, Assam
  • Yakshagana, Karnataka
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