Jhora Folk Dance, Uttarakhand

Some folk dance requires people from certain gender, age group or from certain caste to perform the dance, but the Jhora dance is a folk dance which encourages people from all caste, age, and gender to enjoy the dance equally. This folk dance was initially originated in the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand, a state in India which was previously known as Uttaranchal.

This type of folk dance is usually conducted when the spring season starts and the local tribe dance twice a day, morning and evening, throughout the season. It is also performed during the weddings of the local tribe and during the festivals and fairs conducted in the town or village. Many people from across the state and country come and visit the town to witness the colour Jhora dance performance by the local tribe.

In this type of dance form, people keep joining others who are performing the dance. The number of people dancing the Jhora dance keeps increasing as the music continues. In this dance, men and women dance together in the formation of a circle and hold each other while dancing along with the music. During the Jhora folk dance, the music starts first where the traditional drum 'Hurka' is played in the background. This type of drum is slightly different from the traditional drums present in the list of Indian classical instruments. As the drums are beaten in a rhythmic tune, the bodies of the dancers are swayed from left to right and new members keep joining after one circle is successfully completed.

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