About Malwai Giddha

Malwai Giddha is a traditional dance form of Punjab performed by the men as they sing and dance simultaneously to celebrate a festive occasion. What sets this from apart is the fact that Giddha- literally meaning the rhythm of clapping- is commonly associated with women, and this is the only example of men making a foray into the art form. Each participant plays one of the following instruments: Bhukchu, Dholki, Algoza, Ektara, Chimta, Sap, Kato, Ghada and Gadba and balances it in such a manner to be able to dance while carrying it. Usually performed when the groom returns home with the bride and the marriage party, it an informal collective celebration rather than a performance.

It begins where a lead vocalist sings a few lines of ‘lok boli’ (folk couplets) addressing the others and builds up the emotional tempo to a point where the backing vocalists join him. This is when the instruments are played as well and all dance to the rhythm that reaches a crescendo and then is brought to a cadence to lower the pace to a halt.

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Instruments

Tumbi

Tumbi also known as Toombi is an instrument that has a high pitch and is used while performing the Malwai Giddha.

Chimta

It has evolved as one of the traditional South Asian instruments with brass jingles being an important addition.

Kato

Kato is a very popular instrument which is used in all kinds of dance forms like Malwai Giddha, Bhangra and many more.

Sapp

Sapp is another musical instrument that originated from Punjab and is used in various dance forms like Malwai Giddha and Bhangra.

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