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Blogs on Dance And Songs

Folk music and dance reflect the thoughts and emotions of the people and are an important part of the culture of the state of Uttarakhand. The spirit, heritage and lifestyle of the people are musically expressed by the folk songs of the Garhwal and Kumaon region. There are songs for every event like religious rites, ceremonies and festivals. They can be classified as religious, heroic, festive, seasonal and ceremonial songs. Accompanied by innovative musical instruments, the traditional folk songs speak of folk heroes and legends.

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Basanti Folk Songs

Basanti folk songs are love songs sung as the Basant or spring season approaches. Mangal folk songs are sung during marriage ceremonies and the Baujband folk songs are sung by shepherds in the form of a conversation between a man and a woman. The other folk songs include Chhopati, which is a love song sung in the form of questions and answers by men and women who dance in a circle. This is most prevalent in Khai-Jaunsar. The Chounphula and Jhumeila songs form a part of the seasonal dances performed from Sankranti to Basant Panchami or Baisakhi. Khuded songs are sung, portraying the suffering of a woman parting from her husband. Chura songs are popular tunes sung by old experienced shepherds with a view to teach the young shepherd the tricks of his profession.

03-May-2018
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Mangal Geet

Mangal Geet The prominent folk songs are Mangal Geet, which issung at any pleasant occasion, Awahan Geet is sung to invite God on any occasion and Vivah Geet is sung at the time of marriage. Pavade is an epic folk song of the Garhwal region related to the local heroes of the region and their bravery. Hori Geet folk songs are related to the festival of Hulland Guda are the songs related to the philosophy of life. Original folk dances are attached to rituals and are also a means of entertainment. They can be broadly classified into occupational, seasonal, martial, devotional and ritualistic dances. The prominent folk dances are theBhotia Dance, Chamfuli and Chholia. The BhotiaThe dance forms are greatly influenced by mythology, religion and social events Dance, Dandala, Chamfuli, Dhusaka and Dhurang are the group folk dances of theBhotias and are quite similar to the Garba dance of Gujarat.

05-May-2018
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Jhoda or Jhanjhari

The Pandava dance performed during Dussehra and Deepawali is enacted by narrating the story of the Mahabharata along with dance and music. The Badra Nati dance is performed by men and women wearing colourful costumes, during religious festivals and on other social occasions. On the occasion of the bride’s first visit to her parent’s home after marriage, the Tharu dance is performed to welcome the newly-married couple. The Khuder dance is performed by women when they remember their parents’ home. The Chanchari dance is a dance related to the Garhwal and Almora region. The Jhoda or Jhanjhari dance of Kumaon is staged spectacularly on a full moon night by young men and women. Mukhota Dance

10-May-2018
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Chamfuli Dance

The dance forms are greatly influenced by mythology, religion and social events. Chamfuli is a popular dance form of the Garhwal region. in this dance, men and Women dance to the rhythm separately and together in pairs with impressive facial expressions. The Chholia dance is performed exclusively by the boys at a marriage procession. A few of them dress up as soldiers and enact the scenes of fierce duels. After this dance, the bride is carried away by her lover. This dance is a war dance and has existed for more than 2000 years. Young Dance in Garwal Region

10-May-2018
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