DANCES OF SIRMAUR:
The Jhoori, Rasa Dance, Nari, Draudi, Padua are dances of Sirmaur.
In the Rasa dance, the dancers step back and forth and sit and leap up alternatively as they dance. This dance form is symbolic of the unity of the people.
Questions and answers in musical tone.The Gi dance is performed to an intricate beat of three divisions. The singers stand in a circle and the dancers stand in the middle rotating with arms outstretched.
– In this dancer hold aloft weapon like bows, arrows, knives or sticks and yell as they move towards their imaginary adversaries.The Dhadair or Thadair is danced to the Rudra Tal. In this the dancers hold aloft weapon like bows, arrows, knives or sticks and yell too as they move towards their imaginary adversaries. This song repeat scenes from the local history.
Swang Tegi is a free dance which copies the gestures of animals. This is danced during the Diwali festival with the dancers wearing tiger masks carved out of wood.
5. Dharvedi and Drondi are religious dances.
6.BURAH DANCE– The dance is performed by a group of 10 to 15 persons.
The ballads sung are dedicated to some heroic deeds in a battle won in bygone age and to the dear ones lost in the battle.
DANCES OF CHAMBA
1.The Jhanjar dance(Chamba Valley): Both male and female participate, the beginning is very slow, but generally rises to an exciting climax.
2.Jhanki and Hanter are Dramas of chamba.
3.Dangi – It is a woman’s dance of the Chhatrari village in chamba.This is accompanied by the singing of the love ballads of Sunni and Bhukhu.It is performed at festivals, weddings and during Jatara by the Gaddi women, in lines and semi circular patterns. This is accompanied by the singing of the love ballads of Sunni and Bhukhu. The dancers join hands and move away by turns in this graceful dance.
4.Sikri Dance– Performed during Suhi fair, the accompanying song tells of the beauty of flowers and the season especially the flowering of the Marua
5.Nuala Dance-In this a garland is placed upon a pedestal as Shiva’s garland and around it many dance dramas depicting scenes from the life of lord Shiva are enacted.
6.Dandras Dance- Is a traditional dance performed by the men of Gaddi
As they dance in a circle uttering sounds like Jey-Jey and Shee- Shee.
DANCES OF KULLU
1.Dhili Pheti and Bashari– Perfomed in village melas(fairs).
2.Karthi– Post harvest dance performed in the open, in the light of an autumn by both men and women.
Kharait , Philli, Ludi, Banthda, Basahri, Lahauli, Ujagjama and Chandhgebrikar. All these dances are collectively known as ‘Nati’.
The bura and sih (Jubal, Rohru, shimla) :This is the name of ‘ballet and opera’ in language.
The Chohara (Kinnaur and Mahasu area): Performed at all important festivals.
The Dodra Kawar dance (Mahasu/ shimla)
Keekali (Kangra, Hamirpur,Una)-Performed by young girls.The girl’s hold hands crosses wise and rotate fast on their toes, singing songs.
Nati: Kullu, Sirmaur, Mandi, Shimla and chamba. It is like the classical kathak dances and embraces a number of dances like Dheeli, feh Bakoli, kahika, lahauli, dahari, chambyali, Banthada, and loodi.