It’s a war dance that researchers say can be traced back 2000 years. It started with the victor marrying the daughter of the loser. Dueling for the girl has lost its importance over the years, thankfully and now is just an art form. Interestingly no woman participates in this dance form. It begins with the blowing of the Turturi, a trumpet like instrument’ signifying the start of a war.
A group dance where hundreds of men and women participate especially during the grand Nanda Devi Fair. They dance to the beat of the local drum called ‘Hurka’.
A playful competition amongst men and women, it has been derived from the Jhora. Love forms the main theme and is quite popular both in Kumaon and Garhwal.
A free movement dance form quite predominant in Garhwal. Performed in an open courtyard. Both men and women participate in this ritual. The movements seem similar to the Assamese Bihu and Kashmiri Rauf.
A rather sensuous dance form, it is believed that the goddess Parvati performed this dance in order to woo Lord Shiva. The steps, expressions, and the hand movements have a hypnotic quality.
The dance is meant to show a beautiful and playful courtship between a woman and man, but is actually entirely performed by men.
It’s a ceremonial performance meant to invoke the village deity, where the deity is said to enter the body of a designated medium and answers questions to the ones suffering. The person who invokes the deity plays a drum and is accompanied by the people playing the hurka or using a brass plate.