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Kikkli dancing

Kikkli is a folk dance of the Punjab region of Pakistan and India. It is performed by young Punjabi women by holding hands and moving in circular motions.[1][2] It is usually performed in pairs and a variety of songs are used with clapping.[3][4]

Dancing style[change | change source]

Photograph of Punjabi women performing 'Kikli', a traditional Punjabi folk dance

Kikkli is more of a sport than a dance for young girls.[4] Two girls stands face to face close to each other and hold their hands crossing arms with their bodies inclined back;[1][2][5] in this position their arms are stretched to the maximum and hands interlock firmly.[5] Then they wheel round fast continuously with their dupattas floating in the air and anklets making tinkling sound.[4][5] The other ladies encourages them to go faster and faster by singing songs with clapping.[2] Sometimes it is done by four girls. The folk song related to the dance has much variety.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Kikli". www.folkpunjab.com. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Singh, Durlabh (2011). In the Days of Love. p. 155.
  3. Kohli, Yash (1983). The Women Of Punjab. p. 120.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Kikli dance". www.dance.anantagroup.com. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Kikli". www.punjabijanta.com. Retrieved March 19, 2012.