The courtyard in Bagore ki haveli , Udaipur comes alive every evening. I think there were 5 different folk dances that I saw , but the one that I loved most was the final performance , the Bhavai . Each time a pot was placed on the head of the very skilled and graceful dancer , the crowd sighed in disbelief.
The tricky balancing is not just restricted to the pitchers on the head. Infact , just when you think it couldn’t get more difficult , the dancer balances herself on the rim of a thali ( brass plate) and on broken pieces of glass! What a fine display of elegance , focus and nimbleness !
Another folk dance involving the art of balancing is the Chari dance , where women carry brass pots (chari) on their heads with lighted lamps in it. The women swirling on their knees , completely at ease with flaming pots on their heads is indeed a sight to behold !