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Neelam and Group

By November 28, 2018September 2nd, 2019Himachal Pradesh

Folk from the Hills


Gaddi community has both lower and higher castes. They follow a very different culture and traditions making them different from the other communities. They have a beautiful culture of folk songs which is divided according to the occasions that occur in ones’ life. They are mostly found in the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh. They follow Hindu religion and belong to several castes like Brahmin, Rajput, Dhangar, Khatri, Rana and Thakur. They have preserved their traditional culture in the original form till date. Gaddi music can be divided into various categories like marriage songs, festivity songs, love songs, historical songs, and religious songs.


Dhud wo dhud

Dham wo dham

Banjanda kai aaya amma meriye maaya

Gaura asks about the sound she could hear approaching

Chai wo chakk bajda kai aaya

What is this sound of chhai and chakk approaching

Chai wo chakk bajda nagada

The sound chhai and chakk approaching is of a Nagada

Dhiye laadliye

My dear daughter

Chadi diye amadi reh heja

Leave all the pampering by your mother

Dhiye laadliye

My dear daughter

Chadi diye baapuyeri goda

Leave the comfort of your father’s lap

Dhiye laadliye

My dear daughter

Jaliye dhara kheriye dhuriye

There is fog in the valley

Hari bhala Vishnu

Help us oh Lord Vishnu


Neelam and her group are fabulous performers on one side while they sit and sing on the other the dance performers present a beautiful dance with lovely synchronizations and choreography. While singing these songs they dressed up in their traditional costume which is quite unique. The men wear a frock like a cloak of white called ‘Chola’, which is secured around waist with many woollen sashes. They wear a high peaked cap which is pulled down over the ears in severe winter. The female dancers wear the traditional Himachali dress while performing, which is specifically worn by brides at the time of marriage. The flaring bottom gown is called Nuachadi; the covering dupatta is called ‘reeda’; and the black ‘dori’ tied on the waist, which is said to be worn by Lord Shiva when he became a ‘Jogi’. The accessories used for ‘Shringaar’ are Chidi and Maang Teeka (the head accessory), Chandrahaar (the silver necklace), Gojri (silver bracelet), Nath (a big nose ring).

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