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Music & Dance


The Himalayas have inspired generations of singers, balladeers, and musicians throughout the ages. The natural beauty of the mountains which inspires a deep spirituality and the severity of life which darkens the heart with difficulty and agony have rejuvenated Uttarakhandi music, heightening its poignancy and enriching its lyrical texture.

Although, increasingly influenced by trends in Hindi film music, the more traditional forms of Himalayan music have remained deeply popular. This has been especially true of the Pahari inclination for folksy values, biting humor, raw honesty, loving devotion, and soaring spirits that shine through each song.

Indeed, in face of other homogenizing trends in India, Uttarakhandi music has distinguished itself in retaining its cultural uniqueness and vibrant sound, while remaining popular among the masses.

Major dance forms of the region are Langvir Nritya, Barada Nati folk dance, Pandava Nritya, Dhurang, and Dhuring.


The Kumaonese are fond of music, folk dance, and songs accompanied by local musical instruments like murli, bina, and hurka. The hurka is played by the "jurkiya" and the dancer accompanying him, known as "hurkiyari," is usually his wife or daughter.

They go from place to place narrating folklores, singing the praise of their gods and goddesses. During fairs and festivals and at harvest time, the Kumaonese often dance the Jharva, Chandhur Chhapalior, and many other forms of folk dances. The popular folk songs are Malushahi, Bair, and Hurkiya Bol.

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