Bharat Bhavan, the department of culture, Government of Kerala in association with the Haryana Government presents ‘Haryana Fest’ at different venues in Kerala. A group of 30 professional dancers will perform famous Haryanvi folk dances like Phag or Phalgun, Dhamal, Jhumar, Ghumar and Khoria dances.
The inauguration of the fest was done by K C Joseph, Minister for Culture and Rural Development on Monday at Thiruvananthapuram.
In Kochi, the performance will be staged at Kerala Fine Arts Society Hall on Tuesday, 6.30pm.
Phag dance is a seasonal dance of the peasants of Haryana which is an expression of their joy. Both men and women actively participate in this dance form.
Dhamal dance is as old as the Mahabharata. Through the dance form people express their hopes for reaping a good harvest and the changing seasons.
Jhumar dance is exclusively performed
by women. The dance form takes its name from Jhumar, an ornament commonly worn on the forehead by young married girls.
Ghumar dance, of Rajasthani origin is performed to invoke the gods to receive their blessings.
Khoria dance, performed by women, is similar to Jhumar where the dancers present the daily life of people and significant events like harvest season.
There will be a performance at Mamman Mappila Hall, Kottayam in association with Kottayam Arts Society on Thursday.