Kinnauri Nati Folk Dance of Himachal Pradesh

Dance Kinnauri Nati of Himachal Pradesh

Kinnauri Nati is a folk dance which originated in Himachal Pradesh. This dance is closely related to nature. This dance is not only for New Year celebration but it also celebrates rich yield of this state. Reaping and harvesting is being celebrated along with this dance. This dance of state has two goals i.e. it welcomes the coming of New Year and it is also an indication of rich harvest.

The intrinsic premise of Kinnaur performance is to a great extent comparable to the Bhangra Dance of Punjab. Although lacking pace, the sequences make the dance worth its majesty. Depicting all the activities of sowing the crop till its reaping, the dancers repeat the graceful actions of their bodies and symbolize the loveliness of the state. Moreover, the song offers a presentation of the mildness of the mountainous zephyr, gradually curving river and the musical swaying of trees.
Earlier this dance was performed by men only. Now it is opened to the women also which makes it magnificent to watch. Kinnauri Nati Dancers bond their hands and create movement in accordance to the melody and beat. The variation in them gives birth to thirteen styles. Traditionally, this dance was performed by the men who wore elaborate clothes, caps etc. But today, women have also made their foray in the field of dance which can be performed today without any barrier of cast, gender or even age making it a truly popular dance form. Basically belonging to the Lasya variety, this dance performed for3 to 4 days equally in mourning and in nights and is believed to be a dance of slow-movement. The dance is very popular in the state because it is an expression of happiness.

This dance adds a majestic look to the celebration. The dance is the representation of the happiness gained after a good harvest. . Gaddi Nati, Kullu Nati, Kinnauri Nati, Sirmouri Nati and Shimla Nati are the popular forms of this folk dance. Earlier, Natti was performed for several hours and continued till dancers and orchestra were exhausted, but in the present time the duration of the dance has been shortened. Music resembles the sound of breeze blowing through forests. This dance is based upon beat and rhythm which is different from area to area. There are thirteen variations in this dance depending on the tempo. The dance is accompanied by four to eight musicians.

Musical Instrument Used In Kinnaur Nati Dance :-
The instruments that accompany this dance range from the Drums, the Shehnai, the Cymbals and the Ranasinga.

Costumes of Kinnaur Nati Dance:-

The costume of the men consists of the churidars with pyjamas and decorated caps. Sometimes, the costume comprises of the Chola or the top coat. In addition to that the men also wear socks with shoes. The costume of the women comprises of the Ghaghra or the skirt, the Gachi, the Lachhi, the floral shawl and the Boomani with silver chains, tight churidar pyjamas. The women also wear heavy armlets and silver and gold ornaments known as Tunki and Chanki around their necks. The men and women hold an ornate fan in one hand and a colourful handkerchief in another and clap as they dance. The clothes worn by the dancer makes them look vibrant. The clothes and jewellery worn by the women dancers adds a glam quotient to this dance form.
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