The city of Jammu and Kashmir reflects its myriad culture in a beautiful amalgamation of religion, festivals, food, art, crafts, dance and music. Amidst Kashmir’s rich scenic beauty lie its traditional dance forms.
The city is dyed with vibrant hues of its peculiar beauty and its rich traditions. The traditional folk dance preserved by the locals reflects the rustic vigor of the lifestyle of its people. The Folklore of Kashmir is deeply rooted in life of the local people and their passion is reflected in every performance ensuring that such ethos is not lost to future generations.
Get an inside look in the various traditional dance forms of Kashmir:
1. Rouf Dance
One of the most popular traditional spring time dance of Kashmir is Rouf. This beautiful dance form is usually performed during all the festive occasions, especially during Id and Ramadan days. The dance is performed by a group of women lined up facing each other. The simple yet intricate footwork of Rouf, termed as Chakri in local dialect, is creative therapy as well as an artistic treat.
2. Bhand Pather
Bhand Pather is a fading traditional folk art which is performed in theatres of Kashmir, usually performed in social and cultural functions. It makes a powerful combination of satirical and realistic drama, portraying social traditions and evils.
3. Bhand Jashan
Bhand Jashan is another one of the Kashmiri folk dances. A very simple yet attractive dance performed by a group of artists putting on gestures of a clown (Bhand), along with some light music.
4. Bacha Nagma
This is one of the major folk dance form where young boys of Kashmir perform, particularly during the harvest season. One of the young boys dresses up as a female dancer, performing in a stage where the music used is quite loud. Dancers clad themselves in rich colorful costumes and move with a lot of grace. The Bacha Nagma dance originated a lot of years ago and is still very much recognized as a popular form of folk dance.
5. Hafiza Dance
Hafiza Dance is a popular Kashmiri dance type, performed during wedding ceremonies. The Hafiza dance form is dominated by a popular instrument called the ‘Santoor’.
There is a dire need for preserving and properly promoting the traditional dance forms which will give the local artists a professional platform to present their talent. Dance is a powerful form of communication that helps people get an insight into the rustic lifestyle, the attires, musical instruments and other practices and parts of customs prevalent in a place.