It is also inextricably linked with the culture of India. The rains have inspired poets, writers, musicians, artists to create some of their most compelling works. In this series, based on conversations with folk musicians and experts, we examine MonsoonMusic. In part 2 — Himachal Pradesh. See more from the series here. In the Chamba region for instance, a rich tradition of singing Kunjari Malhar in the presence of devtas has thrived over centuries. In Himachal, each village has its own devta and an oracle, through which the devta addresses devotees. In the Kangra and Mandi regions, the treacherous terrain forced the menfolk to migrate in search of employment; this in turn gave birth to an entire genre of birah songs verses about separation from the beloved , which women would sing while addressing the clouds or the migratory birds. Through these songs, the women would express their yearning for their lovers. These folk songs were composed at a time when road connectivity in the hills was next to nonexistent.
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HAS Prelims 2020
The music of Himachal Pradesh a state of India located in the northwest corner of the country, includes many kinds of folk songs from the area, many of which are sung without accompaniment. Jhoori is a type of song that celebrates extramarital romance. It is popular in Mahasu and Sirmaur , and is accompanied by a female dance called jhoomar. Laman songs from Kullu Valley are another type of love song. These songs are based on ragas , which are compositions of Indian classical music , as are the martial jhanjhotis.
Himachal Pradesh has its own identity for its rich culture of music and dance. It is the integral part of the life of Himachalis. There is no classical form of music in this state but plenty of folk music can be heard which are best performed by the people of a particular area. The folk songs of Himachal Pradesh lure through the green valleys.