FOLK SONG AND DANCE OF LADAKH
Ladakh has a rich heritage of song and dance. Folk song and dance are one of its testimonies with its unique features suited to the topography of the region. Little known about the precise origin of folk song and dance, they have been composed during different periods, shedding considerable light on prevailing cultural styles, attitudes and personalities of the time in this small western Himalayan Buddhist kingdom. Folk songs and dance were composed in honor of Pious Kings, Rinpoche (holy priest) and popular leaders. The dance forms are slow and rhythmic, and the songs are usually high pitched yet enchanting, which lend colors to this unique geography and its people. These dances are simple in thought, language and movement of steps. Folk artists of male and female, attired in full traditional costumes comprising of multiple jewellery items, especially turquoise head gears (worn by ladies), perform the most exhilarating dances. Every dance starts with homage to the Shakyamumi Buddha, followed by three stages. The first stage start slowly with a salutation to the guest gathered around and after making a round of the dancing ground enters the second stages in which music and movement of dance steps become faster. In the third and final stages the dance reaches its climax with the beat of the drum (rDaman) and Surna. Daman, Surna and Piwang are the main musical instruments of Ladakh, almost all the folk dance and songs are dependent on these simple instruments. Some of the famous dances are Chabskyan dance, Spao dance, Khatog Chenmo, Shondol, Tashis pa dance, Chaches (peacock dance) and Jabro (peculiar to Changthang region).
We will include folk dance show in your itinerary if you would like to watch folk dance of Ladakh.