Malwai Giddha (Punjabi: ਮਲਵਈ ਗਿੱਧਾ) is the folk dance of males of Malwa region of Punjab.[1][2][3][4][5] This dance was originally performed by Babey (old men) and hence is also called Babeyan da Gidhha but the dance is now performed by younger men too. This includes teasing of other people in Boliaan (folk poetry). The dance originated in the Malwa area of the Punjab region and is associated with the districts of Muktsar, Bathinda, Faridkot, Sangrur, Ferozpur, Mansa and Patiala.[1]


The instruments used in Malwai Giddha are not merely for show. A performer has to play it in rhythm. The performer has to know not only the how to play the particular instrument but also the way to carry it.

The most commonly used instruments are:

See also


  1. ^ a b Walia, Aarohi (2008). Folk Dances of Punjab. Unistar Books. pp. 64–65. ISBN 9788171426027.
  2. ^ Roy, Anjali Gera (April 2020). "Gendering Dance". Religions. 11 (4): 202. doi:10.3390/rel11040202.
  3. ^ David, Ann R. (10 December 2015). "Embodied cultural memories of the Punjab: Giddha dance and song in migrant London space". Traditiones. 44 (2): 149–171. doi:10.3986/Traditio2014440208. Retrieved 29 March 2023.
  4. ^ Singh, Nahar; Gill, R.S. (2004). "Folk Practices in Punjab" (PDF). Journal of Punjab Studies. 11 (2): 171–196. Retrieved 29 March 2023.
  5. ^ Mooney, Nicola (September 19, 2008). "Aaja Nach Lai [Come Dance]: Performing and Practicing Identity among Punjabis in Canada". Ethnologies. 30 (1): 103–124. doi:10.7202/018837ar. Retrieved 29 March 2023.