Uttarakhandi Folk Dance
The Uttarakhandi Dance performed in the ONGC Lawns on November 15, 2019 was a sign that no matter how cosmopolitan a society may become, it will not forget its roots. The Uttarakhandi Dance was performed by Managalam Group, and was called the Nritya Mangalam. The main focus of the Uttarakhandi Dance was to highlight and celebrate the cultural beauty of Uttarakhand and its people. The whole performance comprised three different folk dances:
- Chachadi- a dramatic representation a local man’s journey to the Nanda Devi
- Chowkla- a dance that celebrated the state’s natural beauty
- Tharia- a village folk dance representing a wife trying to convince her husband to buy her jewelry from the local fair.
The dance was performed by local women from the mountains who were dressed in their traditional vibrant sarees and a red hood, also adorned with the tribal jewelry. There were six dancers and two singers, who captivated the audience with the act. While the singers sang in their local language, the dancers danced going about a circle joining hands. The performers were visibly excited with them being up the stage and this added to their enthusiasm. Similarly, the people enjoyed the play with equal enthusiasm. Though the language was incomprehensible to many, the whole idea of promoting the beauty of the Nature was understood by all. It was a great initiative by the VoW organizers to promote a dance form that is being forgotten and is in the brink of extinction.
By Abhay Majhi, St. Stephen’s College