Chholiya Dance of Uttarakhand

Chholiya Dance of Uttarakhand: A Traditional Folk Dance with a Martial Touch.
Chholiya Dance of Uttarakhand: A Traditional Folk Dance with a Martial Touch.

The Chholiya Dance is a traditional folk dance of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, India. It is a sword dance that is typically performed by men in the Rajput community. Chholiya is believed to have originated in the 10th century AD, and it is said to have been performed by Rajput warriors to celebrate their victories in battle.

The Chholiya dance is performed to the accompaniment of traditional Kumaoni music, which is played on instruments such as the dhol (drum), the nagada (kettledrum), and the shehnai (oboe-like instrument). The dancers wear traditional Kumaoni costumes, which consist of a white dhoti (traditional Indian garment), a white kurta (long shirt), and a white pagri (headgear). They also carry a long sword and a shield.

The Chholiya dance is a very energetic and acrobatic dance. The dancers perform a variety of complex steps and jumps, while also swinging their swords and shields in the air. The dance is often performed in groups, and the dancers coordinate their movements perfectly to create a mesmerizing spectacle.

These Shots are from '26th Lokrang-2023 Festival' presented by Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

From October 29 to November 8, 2023
National Folk Dance Festival
(Daily from 7:00 pm onwards)
And
National Handicraft Fair
(Shilpagram, daily from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm)
Chholiya Dance of Uttarakhand: A Traditional Folk Dance with a Martial Touch.

Chholiya Dance of Uttarakhand: A Traditional Folk Dance with a Martial Touch.

Chholiya Dance of Uttarakhand: A Traditional Folk Dance with a Martial Touch.

Chholiya Dance of Uttarakhand: A Traditional Folk Dance with a Martial Touch.

Chholiya Dance of Uttarakhand: A Traditional Folk Dance with a Martial Touch.




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