Folk dances of Uttarakhand – Like every culture, Uttarakhand has also preserved its culture through various mediums, so that future generations can know their great culture and civilization, playing a major role in this episode.
Major dances of Uttarakhand like the Jagar dance show our faith in our Gods and Goddesses.
And Sarro dance is a war-style dance that informs us about the bravery and valor of our forefathers.
In this article, you will learn about the major dances of Uttarakhand, including the major dances of Garhwal and the major dances of Kumaon.
Folk dances of Uttarakhand
The main Folk dances of Uttarakhand are in two parts
1. Major dances of Garhwal
2. Major dances of Kumaon
Major Dances of Garhwal
Thadiya Dance- Folk dances of Uttarakhand
This dance is for the first time when married girls come to their maternal home.
Thadiya dance is in Thad (courtyard or chowk)
This dance starts from Basant Panchami to Bikhoti (Vishuat) Sankranti.
Thadiya song is in this dance.
Sarron Dance- Folk dances of Uttarakhand
It is a martial-style dance to the beat of a drum.
Dancers dance with sword shields
This dance is the ‘Pona dance’ in the Bhotia tribe.
In Kumaon, this style of dance is ‘Choliya dance’.
Harul Dance- Folk dances of Uttarakhand
It is a major dance of the Jaunsari tribe
An instrument Ranasingha (Ramatula) is compulsorily in this dance.
Tandi Dance- Folk dances of Uttarakhand
This dance is also the main dance of the Jaunsari tribe.
This dance is by men
In this men balance on the top of bamboo poles
Lagveer dance is with drums.
it’s a make-up dance
In this, men and women dance together in a group or by making separate groups while moving in a circle.
No musical instrument is in this dance.
The Chonfla song is collectively in the Chonfla dance.
Chonfla dance is a dance of the Bihu and Garba categories.
This dance is by newly married women on their arrival at their maternal home.
It is a make-up dance that is by both men and women.
This dance is by playing the Hudki instrument.
In Kumaon, this dance is called the ‘Jhora’ dance.
Song in Chanchari dance – Chanchari dance song
main dance of Uttarakhand
This dance is especially in the Rawain Jaunpur area.
it’s a makeup-style dance
Chhopti songs are in Chhopti dance.
Dance by small boys and girls for entertainment
This is a dance on the occasion of Diwali (Bagwal).
This dance is on the day of Diwali by burning a pine cone.
Ran Bhoot Dance-Folk dances of Uttarakhand
The persons who attain martyrdom on the battlefield worship their like deities and this dance is for the peace of their souls.
This dance is also ‘Devta Ghirana’.
Pandava dance-Folk dances of Uttarakhand
This is a religious dance base on the Mahabharata in Garhwal.
main dance of Kumaon
Cholia dance-Folk dances of Uttarakhand
it’s a war dance
Cholia dance is with a shield and sword.
In Garhwal, it is ‘Sarron Dance’
Bhagnol dance-Folk dances of Uttarakhand
This dance is performed at fairs
This dance is performed on Hudka and Nagada instruments.
Jhora dance-Folk dances of Uttarakhand
This dance is performed by making a circular circle by placing hands on each other’s shoulders.
The main singer dances in the middle of the circle playing the hukka.
Songs are sung in Jhoda dance – Jhoda dance
Jhora dance is called Chanchari dance in Garhwal.
This dance is performed in Munsiyari (Pithoragarh) and Johar Valley of Kumaon.
These are the dance of Chanchari and Jhoda dance styles.
Mukhotha dance is in Hilljatra in Saur Valley in Pithoragarh, Kumaon.
Lakhia Bhoot’s acting is the main focus of the attractive
A masked dance called Hiranchital is performed during the Aathon festival in the Ascot belt of Kumaon.
some other dance
This dance is the main dance of the Garhwal and Kumaon regions.
This dance is on deities.
main characters of the dance
Jagar (Jagarya) – Knower of Jagar songs
Oji – Hudka, Hudki or Thali player
Paswa- Gods and Goddesses incarnate on this
Panwad dance or Bhado dance
Dance is about stories of special historical heroes