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.