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Kullu dance enters Guinness world record

Kullu dance enters Guinness world record

The mega Kullu “Natti” dance performed during the Kull Dasehra on 26th October, 2015, had made it to the Guinness Book of World Records. 9892 participants were registered in this largest mega dance congregation.

This event had already made it to Limca Book by registering 8540 participants in 2014 Kullu Dasehra.

SIGNIFICANCE OF 2015 GRAND “NATI”

  • Total registered participants: 9892
  • Event was organized under the banner of “Beti Hai Anmol”
  • Most of the participants were women

KULLU DUSEHRA

  • Is observed in the month of October in Dhalpur maidan in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh
  • Dussehra at Kullu commences on the tenth day of the rising moon, i.e. on “Vijya Dashmi”
  • Celebration continues for seven days.
  • Its history dates back to the 17th century when local King Jagat Singhinstalled an idol of Lord Raghunath on his throne as a mark of penance.
  • Lord Raghunath is the ruling deity of the Kullu Valley.
  • The State government has accorded the status of International festival to the Kullu Dussehra
  • It attracts tourists in large numbers grom different parts of the world.

FOLK DANCES OF HIMACHAL PRADESH

  1. Kayang Mala dance: In this, the dancers are dressed in their traditional finery, weave their arms together to form a sort of a criss cross pattern in order to appear like beads in a woven garland. They drink chhang (a rice brew) before this dance.
  2. Cholamba dance is generally performed when a tiger is killed- Ropa valley.
  3. Nagas Kayang is a dance form which copies the snake’s movement- Ropa valley.
  4. Herki Kayang is faster in rhythm and is generally danced at romantic occasions. The dance is performed by young men and women – Ropa valley.
  5. Shuna Kayangdance is danced in most of the villages and its rhythm combines both slow and fast movements. This represents scenes from the life in the village and the forests. – Ropa valley
  6. Shan - most popular dances of the Lahaulvalley and are generally danced at the Buddhist Gompas in the memory of the Buddha. It  is a tribal dance which is performed after the completion of the harvesting of crops.
  7. Shabu dances- one of the popular dances of the Lahaul valley. It represents the beliefs and lifestyle of the tribal people of the region. These dance forms are linked to the local festivals.
  8. Keekali dance form is a dance of young girls. The girls hold each other’s hand crosswise and rotate swiftly on their toes.
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