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Folk Music and Dance of Uttaranchal
Uttaranchal is a land bestowed by Deities, Gods and Goddesses. The impact of folklore and belief in ancient legends seems prominent in the songs and dance of Uttaranchal. The mythical dancing divas who resided on snow covered peaks here, known as Ancheris, Kecharis and Paries inspire the local art of Dancing. The folk songs of Uttaranchal are the reflection of the lifestyle of the people of the Himalayas and the rich cultural heritage.
Folk Dances of Uttaranchal are - Langvir Nritya, Barada Nati, Pandva Nritya, Shotiya Tribal Folk Dance.
Folk Songs of Uttaranchal are – Chhopati, Chounphula, and Jhumella, Basanti, Mangal, Jagar, Bajuband, Khudel, Chhuraetc.
Nagarja, Nirankar, Narsingh, Devi, Hanuman, Bhairav, Heet, Ghantakarn etc. are the chief deities, god and goddesses. The prayer form praised to these deities is called ‘Jagar’.
The Music of Uttaranchal went through various phases of growth and has undergone lots of transformation in the process.