Manali Folk Dance

The rhythmic movements of the Manali folk dance accompanied with traditional musical instrument casts a magical spell on the spectators who are awe struck with the brilliant performance of the local dancers. An integral part of the indigenous folk art and craft of the state of Himachal Pradesh, the various dance forms of the tribal communities reflect the rich cultural ancestry and traditional legacy of the ancient times that has penetrated the modern society.

Many indigenous tribal communities inhabit the areas in and around Manali who follow different customs and traditions. The various indigenous folk dance of Manali reflects the rich cultural traditions of the aboriginal tribes of the area. Accompanied with proper musical instruments and folk songs, the dance forms reflect the creative imagination and artistic caliber of the dancers.

Himachal Pradesh is blessed with many indigenous dance forms. Naati, Karthi, Kayang and Bakayang are some of the exemplary performing arts of the areas in and around Manali. Each dance form is associated with a particular event and is performed on special festive occasion. While Naati is performed on all festive occasion, Karthi reveals the importance of the harvest festival. Kayang and Bakayang folk dance of the Kinnaur tribe fill the air with music, joy and mirth.

Performed with dedication and enthusiasm, the dancers enjoy every step of the performing art of folk dance. The egalitarian society of the tribal community encourage active participation of all the members in the Manali folk dance of the region. However most of the participants are from the young generation who flawlessly perform the traditional art and spread happiness in the exotic mountain ranges. Manali people, culture and festivals reflect the varied socio- cultural dynamics of Himachal Pradesh.