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Daph Dance

Daph, also known as Dhamal, is a seasonal dance of Haryana, popular among the Ahirs of Gurgaon and Mahendergarh districts. It is generally performed on moonlit nights of Phalgun and it signifies the joyful emotions of the farmers on a good harvest. Both men and women participate in this dance. The performance begins with a long note of Been and the performers sing and dance to the tune of the Daph - the one-sided drum. Flute and lute are the other major musical instruments used in the performance of this dance. The ornaments worn by the women form an integral part of the dance.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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