The Village Retreat showcases two of the folk dances– The Chari and Bhavai dances. Both dance forms demand extreme dexterity from the ladies who perform them.
The Chari, a dance performed to welcome guests, is very fast paced as the dancers whirl with burning pots on their heads! In the Bhavai, the ladies balance 8 or 9 pitchers on their heads, even as they dance in perfect rhythm. It is interesting to note that this dance has evolved from the lifestyle of women in the local community, as they have to carry multiple pitchers over their heads for long distances to fetch drinking water. Folk dances epitomise the very soul of Rajasthan and are performed at every conceivable life event and festival. Unlike the classical forms of dance, these folk forms reflect the local ethos of the area. They differ from the classical form in repertoire, manner, pitch, and movement.