Himachal Custom and dance

Marriage Customs

Types of marriages

Divorce System

Funeral customs

  1. Dubant : Drowning the dead body in a river.
  2. Bhakhant: Throwing the dead body in open field and let it be eaten by vultures and birds.
  3. Phukant: Burning the dead body.

Birth Customs

At the item of child both, the mother is housed in a separate room, in tribal area. She is often lodged in a cattle manor (Gohad).

Dresses

Ornament and Jewellery

The term ornament means an object which is worn with a view to adorn oneself.

Folk Dances and Dramas:

Dances in Kinnaur

  1. The Naga Kayang: which copies the movement of a snake?
  2. The Heri Kayang: faster in tempo and danced to romantic songs.
  3. The shuna Kayang: combined with slow and fast movements.

Other important dances performed in Kinnaur region Shon,Gyukshon, Katakapa, Shabra, Shumgyak, YandoMando, Rekshung, Yulba, Lushen, Tali-Lamo, Tinger, Laka-kurchi-Cheja and Monshu.

Dances of Lahaul and Spiti:

Dances of Sirmaur:

The ballads sung are dedicated to some heroic deeds in a battle won in bygone age and to the dear ones lost in the battle.

Dances of Chamba

Dances of kullu

Misc

Folk Dramas

The Musical Instruments

Wind Instruments

Other wind instrument: Ranasingha, Karnal , Turhi (Bugle), Algoza (twin flutes) etc.

Stringed Instrument

Other are: Ektara, Kindari Devatara, Gramyang, Robab, Jumang, Ruman and Rumals.

Percussion Instruments

Jhanjh (large cymbals), Manjira (small Cymbals), Chimta (tongs), Ghanta (gongs), Ghariyal (large gongs), Thali (platters).

 Variety of Drums