FOLK DANCE OF UTTARAKHAND
Uttarakhand is one of the most beautiful northern states of India that captivates everyone with its spectacularly scenic landscapes.
Along with snow-capped peaks, quaint villages, serpentine rivers, world-renowned conservation parks like ‘Jim Corbett Tiger National Park’ and ‘Asan Wetland Conservation Reserve’, world heritage sites like ‘Valley of Flowers’ and ‘Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve’ Uttarakhand is also famous for its rich culture.
People dance to celebrate everything, from holy occasions and festivals to special days of the years and weddings among other important times. People do this while wearing their traditional attire which looks quirky and colourful in its own way.
In this blog, we are going to talk about the traditional or folk dance of Uttarakhand. Folk dancing can find its ancestry in the ancient ages and has developed over time. Folk dance is known for being unique, colourful and vibrant.
TYPES OF FOLK DANCES IN UTTARAKHAND
1.BHOTIYA TRIBAL DANCE
The Bhotiyas live in the Trans Himalayan region and have their own rituals and customs. Bhotiya Dance is a ritual which falls under the traditional customs and rituals of the Bhotiyas of Uttarakhand.
The Bhotiya Dance is performed by Bhotiyas which is connected to their death ceremonies. According to them the soul of the dead person resides in the body of a goat or a sheep and through this Bhotiya Dance their soul can be liberated.
Pandava dance is a traditional folk dance of Devbhoomi Uttarakhand. This dance is related to the life of five Pandavas in Mahabharata. The tradition of worshipping five Pandavas and Draupadi through Pandava dance has been going on for years.
Uttarakhand is also known as Pandava’s land. The Pandava dance is held in Kedarghati from November to February every year. In this, people dance to the beat and tune of the instruments. Mainly in places where the Pandavas left the weapon, a Pandava dance is organized.
3.CHOUNPHULA AND JHUMEILA
“Chounphula and Jhumeila” are among seasonal dances, that are performed from ‘Basant Panchami’ onwards to ‘Sankranti’ or Baisakhi’.
‘Jhumeila’ is sometimes mixed but is usually restricted to women. ‘Chounphula’ is performed by all sections of the community, at night, in groups, by men and women.
The Langvir Nritya is a beautiful dance form in the state of Uttarakhand. It is mainly performed in the Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.
Langvir Dance form is a form of acrobatic dance and is mainly performed only by men. This dance employs bamboo as support. The band of musicians creates a vigorous atmosphere with their thumping instruments such as ‘dhol’ and ‘damaun’. This unique style of dance entertains people.
People in Uttarakhand believe that dance does not just entertain people but also impresses gods. Barada Nati is a folk dance form performed in Jaunsar Bhawar which is located in the Chakrata hill station in Uttarakhand.
The main goal of the Barada Nati folk dance is to rejuvenate the people from their stressful lives. The Dance form is a reminder to those who have forgotten the actual essence of their culture and tradition.
Chanchari is a traditional dance form popular in Almora district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand.
The dance was originated with rituals and worship of God and Goddess. This traditional dance form is performed by both men and women.
Jhora is a famous dance form in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.
This is a dance form that is performed in the evening and morning. It is mainly danced during the spring season, mostly during fairs and at wedding rituals.
This is a community dance form where all the barriers related to the caste system are thrown to the wind. This dance form is performed with the accompaniment of songs.