Photographer's Note

Loughborough has a large Asian population and today they had the Mela festival.

Gidda is a very vigorous folk dance of Punjab as compared to other ones and it very much involves an affair of the legs. So quick is the movement of the feet in its faster parts that it is difficult for the spectator even to wink till the tempo falls again. The dress of the dancing people include the embroidered 'duppattas' and heavy jewelry whose number is unrestricted and further exaggerate the movements.

Mimicry is a part of Gidda dance form. One girl may play the aged bridegroom and another his young bride for fun or one may play a quarrelsome sister in-law and another a humble bride. Today in India Gidda is mostly performed in the city of Amritsar, while in Pakistan it is being still popular in Lahore.

Dress code

The traditional dress worn during gidda dance is short female style shirt (choli) with ghagra or lehenga or an ordinary Punjabi Salwar-Kamiz, rich in colour, cloth and design. The ornaments that they wear are suggi-phulto pazaibs (anklets), haar-hamela, baazu-band and raani-haar.The Traditional dress for gidda is quite elegant for the women. It adds more charm to feminine grace and is comfortable enough to allow women to perform giddha dance with ease. Giddha dress is quite simple and one can find women in rural Punjab donning it everyday. The only difference is that costume for giddha makes use of brighter colors and is complemented with heavy jewelry.

This dance translates into many gestures, bolian-verses of different length satirizing politics, the excesses committed by husbands, it might be their sisters and mothers, or the loneliness of a young bride separated from her husband, even the evils of society or expressing guileless deep love.

Gidda dance is stylistically simple with the jingle of the bells, thumping of the feet, along with the beat of the drum and the resplendence of Punjabi women in salwar kameez creates an enchanting atmosphere for people visualizing it.

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