Dance and Music form an inseparable aspect from the lives of people in Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh is an Indian state which is known for its vibrant colors of both the people and their culture. Variant folk dances are performed on every auspicious occasion and festival. The performances draw a high influence from the mythological epics of the Mahabharata and Ramayana. The folk music also displays identity and tribal culture of the people. It is based mainly on affection, separation, seasons and gallantry. Men and women get decked up in their traditional attires and dance to glory.
Some of the popular folk dances are listed below
Dangi:- Dangi folk dance is based on one of the oldest folklore of Himachal Pradesh. The dance is performed during the harvest season. It has two themes one is love and another is business. The love-based theme folklore is about a very brave and handsome kind who fell in love with a common girl. It was not common for kings to fall in love with commoners so it was a big deal.
Mala Dance:- Kayang Mala is a dance form in which dancers form a garland-like pattern by weaving each other's arms and becoming beads of the garland. Every performer is well dressed and heavily decorated with jewellery. Before commencing the dance, they are supposed to drink Chhang, which is a local drink. Kayang Mala is one of the most popular traditional dances in Himachal Pradesh
Dalshone and Cholamba Dances:- These dance forms originated from the Ropa valley. In this dance form, there are patterns formed by the performers which look like coiled serpents. The Cholamba is performed generally whenever a tiger is killed. The skin of dead animal is stuffed and a gold ornament is put in its nose. The remains of dead is rotated after that and the people dance around it.
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