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Rural dance styles that make Haryana proud
A cultural environment is an integral part of the visitor experience at Pratapgarh Farms. Music, dance, and theatre are three essentials that infuse the interaction between visitors and the artists with energy and entertainment. As a state, Haryana is known for its folk culture that originates from its rural areas. A Haryanvi dance is evidently intense and energetic and is a great example of what the Haryanvi culture is all about. Although there is a plethora of dance styles, here are some that are loved by many and are at the core of artistic movement and expression in the Haryana.
This dance style is performed with great pleasure and joy during the season of phalgun. Enjoyed mainly by the farmers in the rural areas, this dance has its own seasonality and occasion. As an artistic expression, the dance exudes great joy at the event of bountiful crop yield and is performed right around spring and Holi. The music communicates a sense of togetherness and community and is accompanied by dhol and tasha (traditional instrument that’s shaped like a bowl). Men tend to form the majority in this group dance, but women participate as well. Everyone gets dressed up in colourful turbans and skirts, and give a stunning performance of twirls and incredible footwork with great vigor!
This dance performance is usually seen around the time of Diwali as an expression that marks the procession to the temple. Mainly performed by girls, ghumar is a feast for the eyes. The synchronised coordination between the participants balancing the movements of their arms and feat while moving forward in a circle and clapping is stunning to watch! They are usually dressed in traditional Haryanvi clothes with long, coloured skirts that are quite heavy and flared up, flowing dupattas, long shirts, and borlas on the forehead. One notices the ever glowing smile and twinkle in their eyes while they sing and dance in circular motion that seems to be a lot of work! As they get closer to the temple, the clapping and the footwork accelerate. The dancers are usually found in pairs and sing songs that are quite satirical and funny as they refer to current events around the village.
Dhamal happens in spring, at the beginning of phalgun, right before the harvesting period, as a prayer to Mother Nature. Traditionally performed outside, this dance style is a unique form of artistic expression that makes use of music instruments like the been, dhol, tasha, and nagara. This traditional dance, especially in the region of Gurgaon. The origins of this dance can be traced back to the period of Mahabharata, and include prayers that are bestowed upon Hindu deities like Lord Ganesha, Goddess Bhavani, and the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. When the dance begins, the been is used to initiate the dance with a long note, and then the beat picks up as the other instruments are added. The costumes and turbans are filled with colour and men use sticks as props that hold an important place in the choreography. On a moonlight night, this dance is quite a treat to watch!