Rajula and Malushahi is a ballad prevalent in the Kumaon region of Uttaranchal
. This ballad is believed to have originated about a thousand years ago.
It is based on the love story of a king named Malushahi and Rajula, daughter of a trader. As in most love stories, this story also has its share of romance, adventure and tragedy. The episodes contain the eloping of the lovers to the far corners of the Himalayas. The wit exhibited by the lovers during times of danger is the highlight of this ballad.
The performance involves a main singer accompanied by his team of supporting singers and musicians. The main instrument is the ‘ Hudka,’ a two sided drum struck with a stick. This ballad is a major feature during the fairs and festivals held in the region.