#16.Manipur.

#Food

Manipuri cuisine is centred around rice, vegetables and fish. The cuisine is very seasonal and depends on the kind of vegetables available. However, Manipuri cuisine differs from the food of rest of India due to the use of various herbs and roots that are endemic to the region. Also, there are certain vegetables too that are found only in this region and cannot be found anywhere else. While most food items are cooked using spices and herbs, there are certain items such as fermented bamboo shoots that require an acquired taste.

#Dance

Dhol Cholom: is a drum dance and is performed during Holi. Drums are an integral part of dances in Manipur

#Language

Manipur or Meitei language is the state language of Manipur. However, other dialects are spoken in different parts of the state. English is widely used in Manipur.

#17.Meghalaya.

#Food

The cuisine of Meghalaya is not only distinct from the rest of India but also stands apart from the cuisine of the rest of North Eastern states. The meal is centered on rice and spicy non-vegetarian dishes. People domesticate animals for food and commercial purposes. Some of the popular food items of Meghalaya include Ki Kpu, minil songa, sakkin gata etc.

#Dance

Laho Dance: is one of the most popular traditional dance forms of Meghalaya. This is performed by a young girl who dances with two young men , hand in hand, as a person recites beautiful couplets on love.

#Language

The main languages of Meghalaya are Garo and Khasi. English is the official language of the state. Nepali is also widely used by the people of Meghalaya.

#18.Mizoram

#Food

The cuisine of Mizoram is quite distinct in terms of style of cooking and ingredients used. While the cuisine has both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, Mizos use non-vegetarian ingredients even in their vegetarian dishes. The staple food item, like most regions in India, is rice. Fish is quite popular in this region. The Mizo cuisine is quite healthy as very little oil is used while cooking.

#Dance

Cheraw Dance: Cheraw dance is a very popular form of dance that is seen in Mizoram. Men hold bamboo poles to the ground and move them in a pattern according to the rhythm played on drums. Women jump through the gaps in these poles to the beat.

#Language

Mizo is the most widely spoken language in Mizoram. Mizo language is also called Lushai. Other languages prevalent in Mizoram are Pawi, Paite and Hmar.

#19.Nagaland.

#Food

The people of Nagaland have the most unique way of cooking their food. Their food is dried, smoked or fermented. The meal in a Naga family consists of rice, boiled vegetables and a meat dish. The food dishes are generally boiled. Smoked meat is a preferred food dish. Different kinds of chillies are available in Nagaland and these are liberally used in the food items to make them spicy.

#Dance

Chang Lo: Chang lo is a kind of a victory dance which is performed on special occasions and important festivals such as Poanglem, which is a three day harvest festival.

#Language

There are different languages in Nagaland which vary according to the tribes. There are about 20 different dialects, but these languages do not have a script of their own.

#20.Odisha

#Food

The cuisine of Odisha is quite similar to that of West Bengal. The food is spicy and uses the quintessential ginger-garlic paste that is used in Bengali food. Often food is cooked in mustard oil. The sweets made of chenna are quite famous in Odisha.

#Dance

Gotipua: This is a part of the rich cultural heritage of Odisha. This dance is performed by young boys below the age of 14. This dance was performed in the temples of Odisha to appease Lord Jagannath.

Odissi: This is a beautiful dance form which was practiced by the devadasis of the temples of Odisha. The dance form is characterized by the beautiful costumes, graceful movements and stunning jewellery used by the dancers.

#Language

Odiya is the state language of the state. However, languages such as Hindi, English, Bengali and Telugu are widely used languages in the state.

#21.Punjab

#Food

Punjabi cuisine is one of the most delicious cuisines in the country. The food is characterized by strong flavours and aroma. Although the cuisine includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, the meat dishes are quite popular not just in Punjab but all throughout the country. Dairy products are also widely used in the Punjabi cuisine.

#Dance

Bhangra: Bhangra is one of the most popular traditional dance forms of India. It is usually performed during the harvest season and is noted for the colourful costumes and peppy music.

#Language

Punjabi is the state language of Punjab and is also the 10th most widely spoken native language in the world. Hindi is also widely spoken in Punjab.

#22.Rajasthan.

#Food

The Rajasthani cuisine reflects the war like lifestyles and the arid atmosphere of the region. The food is prepared in such a manner so that the food did not have to be reheated.

#Dance

Ghoomar: The Ghoomar dance was traditionally performed by the women of the Bhil tribe of Rajasthan. The dance is performed women who wear large swirling robes and sway to the tunes of men and women singing. The beautifully coloured clothes and the jewellery of the dancers are the special features of this form of dance.

#Language

Rajasthani is the state language. It has descended from Old Gujarati.

#23.Sikkim

#Food

Sikkimese cuisine is quite popular in the whole country. Momos and noodle stalls are spread all over the country and people from all backgrounds are fond of Sikkimese cuisines. Some of the most popular dishes of the Sikkimese cuisine are Gya thuk, Phagshapa, Thukpa etc.

#Dance

Singhi Chham: This is a traditional dance form wherein dancers wear masks to resemble the snow lion which is the cultural symbol of the region. The music is provided by beating cymbals.

#Language

The Sikkimese language is also called Tibetan, Bhutia or Dranjongke. The language is spoken by the Bhutia community of Sikkim.

#24.Tamilnadu.

#Food

Tamil cuisine is another popular Indian cuisine. Idlis, dosas and vadas are some of the popular Tamil Nadu dishes that are relished by most people of India. The dishes are usually rice and wheat based and are spicy and tangy.

#Dance

Bharat Natyam: This is a classical Indian dance form and is reconstruction of the traditional dance form of devadasis practiced in the temples of Tamil Nadu. The dance form is named after Bharat Muni who wrote Natya Shatra.

#Language

Tamil language is one of the Dravidian languages of India and has been declared as a classical language by the Indian government. Besides Tamil Nadu, it is also spoken in the neighbouring states of Puducherry, Kerala etc. It is also a major lingua franca in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

#25.Tripura

#Food

The Tripuri cuisine is predominantly non-vegetarian. However, vegetables are added to such dishes to make them more wholesome and nutritious. Tripuri cuisine has some very peculiar and typical ingredients such as the Berma, which is dried and fermented fish. Due to the huge settlements of Bengalis in Tripura, the cuisine is more Bengali than tribal.

#Dance

Hojagiri: Hojagiri is the traditional dance of the Reang tribal community of Tripura. Young girls dance on an earthen pitcher and balance an object on their head. The music is provided by beating of cymbals.

#Language

The main languages of Tripura are Bengali and Kokborok. There is a large settlement of Bengalis in Tripura and a majority of the population in the cities speaks Bengali. The native tribals of the state speak Kokborok.

#26.Uttar pradesh

#Food

The cuisine of Uttar Pradesh is mainly of two types-Awadhi and Mughlai. The cuisine consists of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The cuisine of Uttar Pradesh is also famous for its kebabs, biriyani and different mutton recipes. The Mughlai cuisine is influenced by the Mughal era and the Awadhi cuisine is influenced by the cuisines of Punjab and Kashmir. Some of the most popular dishes from the Uttar Pradesh cuisine are chaat, samosa and pakodas.

#Dance

Charkula dance: This is a form of traditional folk dance which is performed women. The performers usually cover their faces with a veil and carry a multi-tier arrangement of lamps on their head. There are about 108 lit lamps in this arrangement. The performers dance to the rasiya songs of Lord Krishna.

#Language

Hindi is the official language of the state. However, many other languages, including Hindi, and their dialects are spoken in different parts of the state.

#27.West bengal

#Food

The food in West Bengal has the finest blends of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. This state is famous for the variety of Maach (fishes), served with various flavours. Hilsa and Chingri fishes are the most loved fishes in the state. West Bengal is also known as the ‘land of Maach & Bhaat’. West Bengal is also famous for the variety of sweets. “Rasgulla’, is the most famous sweet of this state.

#Dance

The Bengali dance has the shadow of folk tradition, influenced from tribes and the Indian tradition. The famous dances in West Bengal are Chau dance, a rare form of mask dance and the Gaudiya Nritya, the Bengali Classical. Various other forms of Indian classical dances have their origin in West Bengal.

#Language

Bengali is the most common and widely spoken language in West Bengal. Other languages spoken are Hindi, Santali, Nepali, Urdu and Oriya.

#28.uttarakhand

#Food

People of Uttarakhand mostly prefer vegetarian food. However, non-vegetarian lovers can also be fund in different parts of the state. The Uttarakhand food has diverse ingredients, flavours and colours. Pulses and rice are widely eaten. The typical Uttarakhand dishes include Chainsoo, Kafuli, Jholi, Phaanu and Roat. The famous desserts include Kesar Halwa, Gulgula, Arsa and Jhangora Ki Kheer.

#Dance

When it comes to traditional dances, Uttarakhand is known for having unique and diverse forms of dances. The dance forms in Uttarakhand are not similar to that of classical dances in other states. It is rather simpler and beautiful to see. The most popular dance forms of Uttarakhand are Chancheri, Chhapeli, Bhotiya, Barada Narti, Jhora, Choliya, Langvir, Pandav, Jhainta and more.

#Language

Garhwali and Kumaoni are the most commonly spoken languages in the hilly areas of the state of Uttarakhand. However, Hindi is widely spoken in the plains. Uttarakhand is the only state in India with ‘Sanskrit’, as one of its official languages.

#29.Telangana

#Food

If you are in Telangana, you can’t afford to miss the Telangana cuisines. Telangana Food is known for its unique flavours and essence, which is popular all around the globe. The ‘Telanganai Biryani’ is the most loved cuisine, which is highly demanding in different parts of the planet. Other must had dishes in Telangana are Pathar-ka-Ghosht, Nahari and Haleem. Telanganai Cuisine has sweetness as well. The ‘Telanganai Kheer’ and ‘Seviyon-ka-Mettha’ is much popular.

#Dance

The Perini is the most popular dance forms in Telangana. The Marfa dance was also introduced in Telangana only. It is widely popular in the Arab countries, as well.

#Language

Telugu is the official and most commonly spoken language in the state of Telangana. Urdu, is the second most commonly spoken language and English is also used in different parts of the state.

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