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Kumauni Holi Posted by on Mar 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

In the Indian state of Uttarakhand (उत्तराखण्ड), there is a district called Kumaon (कुमाऊं). The people of this district celebrate a lively festival called Kumauni Holi (कुमाँऊनी होली). The townspeople celebrate Kumauni Holi with joyous singing and dancing that is accompanied by music. The Kumauni Holi is a joyous occasion because it signifies the coming of spring.

Baithki Holi (बैठकी होली) occurs when professional singers called Holiyars (होल्यार) gather to sing special songs that relate to the Holi festival. These songs are often a type of traditional Indian genre of song belonging to Hindustani Classical Music (हिन्दुस्तानी शास्त्रीय संगीत). The songs tell tales that praise the triumph of good over evil and have a spiritual undertone.

Khadi Holi (खड़ी होली) refers to the gathering of townspeople who come to sing in unison. The townspeople usually wear a white shirt called a kurta (कुरता), trousers called churidars (चूड़ीदार), and a cap called Gandhi cap (गांधी टोपी). Often instruments accompany the singing. The songs are usually about the praises of deities who have conquered evil demons.

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