Dev Nati is a traditional folk dance, originated in the Western and Centeral Hills of the Indian subcontinent ( Himachal Pradesh ). Nati is performed in the districts like Kullu, Sirmour, Shimla, Chamba, Kinnar, etc. Mainly it is originated from Kullu only. This dance is popular in plain areas like Dehradun, Chandigarh, etc. The important variety in Nati is Losar Shone Chuksom which come from the word Losai, meaning New Year . It is also perform while sowing the crop .
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS
Kullu Nati got Guinness World Record Certificate in January 2016 . It is one of the largest folk dance in the world . It was published in The Times of India on 3rd February 2016 .
- Females : They wear costumes such as Churidaar, Ghagra, Pyjama, Chola, Decorative caps, etc. They also wear gold and silver ornaments that are ” Chanki and Tunki “.
- Males : They wear costumes like Decorated caps, Swirling tunics, Sashes and Churidaar.
The instruments used in this dance form ( Nati) are Shennai, Dhol, Narsingha and Nagara.
HOW NATI IS PERFORMED?
In Nati, a group of women / men arrange themselves in a circle and dance on the beats of the instruments. No festival or function is celebrated without dance and the dance form such as Nati is perform all over the region . It reflects the culture and the tradition of Himachal Pradesh .
- Sirmouri Nati
- Kinnauri Nati
- Barada Nati
- Bangani Nati
- Kulvi Nati
- Mahasuvi Nati
- Jaunpuri Nati
- Harul Nati
- Shimla Nati
- Losar Shone Chuksom