Jammu and Kashmir has few of the most captivating forms of performing arts in India that has captured the imaginations of one and all. These dances have become a non detachable part of this state’s culture and are performed at almost all festivals and celebrations. There are special dances for almost all occasions like birth celebrations, wedding ceremonies, crop harvesting.
This is one of the most famous dance forms that is practiced in J&K. The dance has been a part of Kashmiri life from ancient times. In the capital city, it is pronounced as ‘Row’ but in villages, it is pronounced as ‘Rouf’. This dance is performed as a welcoming dance for the spring season. You will see most number of performances during the prelude of spring season.
Bachha Nagma Dance
Bachha Nagma, also known as ‘Bachha gyavaun’ means ‘adolescent melodious voice. The dance is quite famous among people here and is an important cultural event during marriage ceremonies or any cultural celebrations. The dance is performed only by boys or by men dressed as boys. The attire of the dancers has a resemblance with the dress that is worn by Kathak dancers. The dance group has six to seven members consisting of one lead singer.
Performed mostly during the time of Lori festival, this is a highly professional dance that asks for high levels of skills and practice. A model of peacock that is made of bamboos and colored paper is carried by every group and every member has a stick in his hand. During the dance, the performers hit the stick in the hand of other person in different postures that is not as simple as it looks.