Giddha is a popular Lawk Naach from the Punjab specifically for women. It is derived from an ancient ring dance, which was performed by Punjabi women at social gatherings. Like its male counterpart Bhangra, Giddha is a bright, colourful and energetic dance which is usually performed to rhythmic clapping and Boliyan (traditional folk songs).
The Boliyan in Giddha can be quite comical as they provide an avenue for the younger ladies to vent some of their feeling and frustrations. Mimicry is also very popular in Giddha, one girl may play the aged bridegroom and another his young bride; or one may play a quarrelsome sister-in-law and another a humble bride, this dramatisation often provides a very comical spectacle.
Occasionally the Dholki (small drum played with the hands) is used to provide an accompanying beat, but this is not essential as the clapping provides a strong and definite rhythm. Traditionally as a social dance, Giddha is not performed with any rigid set pieces or sequences. It is a freestyle dance with spontaneous and creative movements displaying the excitement and high-spirited mood of the moment. In recent times Giddha is performed as a choreographed dance, and still has the same high-spirited energy. Brightly coloured costumes and elaborate jewellery enhance the performance further, it’s hard not to join in or at least clap along.