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Folk Dances of Chamba

Kamal Prashad Sharma (Author)
Synopsis As far as folk traditions in this hilly region are concerned, Chamba is the richest of all. If anywhere on earth the rhythmical sound to creation is heard the loudest and clear, it is the hilly tracts of Chamba. Be it for the accomplishment of household chores or for the performance of religious activities collectively, this is the 'call' that reverberates throughout the length and breadth of the region. Dance in its purest folk form has been the catharsis, it has been the beckoning, it has been the nostalgia...it has been much more for the unassuming hill-folk of Chamba. The folk dances of Chamba have rich cultural background and are being performed throughout the length and breadth of the country. This book is a tribute to the people of Chamba whose very talk is a 'Song' and every step, a 'Dance'. The author has delineated the distinct regional variants and community-specific dance forms of each region of Chamba. He has also recorded the dance forms for every occasion--religious, ritualistic, seasonal, tribal, communal, celebrational or for sheer merriment. He has also taken care to differentiate the male, female and group dances. He has elucidated each of the form along with the rhythmic movements of the body parts. The aids to folk dances in the form of specific costumes, ornaments, musical instruments and folk songs of different regions, occasions, and timings have also been meticulously explained. This work is of a great archival significance. It is hoped the theoreticians and practitioners of the dance art form will receive this work with appreciation.
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About the author

Kamal Prashad Sharma

Born in Chamba town of Chamba district (H.P) in the year 1934, Kamal Prashad Sharma is firmly rooted in the culture of Chamba to which he belongs. He has instinctive interest and commitment for matters of History, Art and Culture of this region. That explains his enthusiasm and relentless efforts for collecting materials and information which is fast disappearing and getting lost. He was primarily connected with the medical profession and has now retired from the job, but not retired from the creative work he has undertaken in his hand, i.e., ‘exploring and preserving’ the Art and Cultural aspect of the region. His profession in the government job provided him ample opportunities of touring the places situated far and wide and meeting the people of different parts of the state. He has written a couple of books on various aspects of Chamba culture, besides many papers and articles. He is also a moving spirit behind such cultural activities of Chamba, as the theatre, folk dances and other performances and film making which have since been telecast on the television. Valuable material regarding history, culture, religious understanding of this region has now been put together in this book.

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Bibliographic information

Title Folk Dances of Chamba
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173871663
length 184p., Plates; Tables; Glossary; Index; 25cm.