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Horn Dance

Horn Dance is a traditional folk dance of men, which is performed in the cold and dark nights of January in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. An interesting tale is associated with this dance. Once an evil king ruled Kullu, and the people organized a dance to get rid of him. Unknown of the matter, he was deeply engaged in the dance, and people cut his throat and killed him.

The dance is performed to commemorate this event. The group generally consists of six dancers, of which two of them dress up as deer with horns on the head, the other two acts as clowns and one from the remaining is dressed like a woman. It is played in the temple, and later they go from house to house dancing.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Kullu


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