Garhwali Dance

The folk music of this area is generally rhythmic which is reflected in the dynamic style of folk dances. Folk dance are different for different folk songs. some of them are :Pandava Nritya, Barada Nati, Langvir Nritya etc.....

Nanda Devi Raj Jat 2000

Pandava Nritya
The Pandava Nritya, which is related to the story of the Mahabharata, has been very popular, particularly in the Garhwal region. Pandava Nritya is nothing but a simple narration of the story of the Mahabharata in the form of dance and music. It is mostly enacted on the occasion of 'Dussehra' and Diwali. Pandva Nritya is popular in Chamoli district and Pauri Garhwal.
Langvir Nritya
This is an acrobatic dance and is performed by the men folk only. In this dance, a long bamboo pole is fixed at a place. The dancer-acrobat climbs to the top of this pole and then balances himself on his stomach on the top. Under the pole, a band of musicians play the 'Dhol' and 'Damana', while the dancer rotates on the top of the pole, performing other feats with his hands and feet. This dance is popular in the Tehri Garhwal region.
Barada Nati
The Barada Nati folk dance is a popular dance of the Jaunsar Bhawar area of Chakrata Tehsil in Dehradun district. The folk dance is performed on the eve of some religious festivals or on the occasion of some social functions. Both boys and girls take part in the dance dressed in colourful traditional costumes.
Bhotiya Tribal Folk Dances
Bhotia tribals have their typical dances like 'Dhurang, and Dhuring', which are connected with death ceremonies. They aim at liberating the soul of the dead person, which they believe to have been living in the body of either a goat or another animal. The dance is similar to the pastorals of Himachal Pradesh or the hunting dance of Nagaland.

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