Folk Dances of Chamba: Where every talk is a 'Song' and every step a 'Dance'
Sharma, Kamal Prashad
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Book ID : 22271
ISBN-10 : 81-7387-166-3 / 8173871663
ISBN-13 : 978-81-7387-166-5 / 9788173871665
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Language : English
184p., 32 Col. Plts., App., Gloss., Bib., Index, 27 cm.
CONTENTS:- Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Land and the People: Chamba - Physical Features; People - Historical Perspective; Religion. 2. Folk Dances - A Tradition: General Description; Socio-Cultural and Religious Tradition of Chamba Folk Dances; Features of Chamba Folk Dances; Classification of Chamba Folk Dances. 3. Forms of Folk Dances - I: Male Dances: Dandaras; Gaddi or Brahmauri Nati; Nat; Ghodai (Tamak Nach); Nachan; Dharumsdu; Khad-dumbi; Chhinjhoti (Chhinjh); Dandke - A Dance of Parachanaris; Dance of Gujjars; Dance of Gurkhas. 4. Forms of Folk Dance - II: Female and Mixed Dances: Ghurei or Ghurehi; Dangi; Kikli (Kikki), Gidha and Jhamakda; Mixed Ghurei (Ghurehi) Dance of Churah and Pangi; Mixed Dances of Gurkhas. 5. Forms of Folk Dances - III: Religious and Ritual Shain: Dhamal; Sohal (Sohali) Nati; Sal-Kukdi Nachan (Nach); Dance of Ratege; Til-Chauli. 6. Forms of Folk Dances - IV: Mask Dances: Mask Dance of Chhatradhi Jatar; Mask Dance of Lahaul; Mask Dance of Pangi. 7. Jatars (Jatra) and Ritual Dance of Chela. 8. Chamba Nach. 9. Aids to Folk Dances. Costumes and Ornaments; Timing, Folk Musical Instruments and Talas; Some Popular Songs Sung during Ghurei and other Dances. 10. Observations. Appendix 1. Tipni - A Household Activity. 2. Detailed Description of Folk Dances of Chamba.
As far as folk traditions in this hilly region are concerned, Chamba is the richest of all. If anywhere on earth the rhythmical sound to creation is heard the loudest and clear, it is the hilly tracts of Chamba. The folk dances of Chamba have rich cultural background and are being performed throughout the length and breadth of the country. This book is a tribute to the people of Chamba whose every talk is a 'Song' and every step a 'Dance'. The author has delineated the distinct regional variations and community-specific dance forms of each region of Chamba. He has also recorded the dance forms for every occasion religious, ritualistic, seasonal, tribal, communal, celebrational or for sheer merriment. he has also taken care to differentiate the male, female and group dances. He has elucidated each of the form along with the rhythmic movements of the body parts.