Rouf Dance – Jammu & Kashmir
What is Rouf Dance?
The Rouf dance is a mystical poetical folk dance that is practiced by the women of the Kashmir valley. Among the several other dances in Kashmir, This dance is characterized by the women lining up in two rows facing each other in colorful costumes. This folk dance is performed in the springtime during the occasions of Eid and Ramzan. The notable feature of this dance is their intricate footwork called Chakri in the local language. You can even glance at a glimpse of it in a son “Bhumroo Bhumroo” in the famous movie “Mission Kashmir”.
several years ago, every year On the festivals like Id-ul-Fitr, Rouf is performed by women among the Muslim community of Kashmir. This was a usual practice to celebrate the season of spring and for merriment during the festivals accompanied by simple footwork called Chakri.
The pronunciation of this dance in the capital city is ‘row’ whereas in the village it is pronounced as ‘Rouf’. They welcome the good weather of the spring season. The lovemaking of the bee is taken as inspiration for this song. The Charming women of Kashmir make 2 to 4 groups consisting of 3 women who stand face to face adjacently holding hands. their feet sway forward and backward. in the song, the performers sing in form of a question, and the other group sing in reply to the question in a rhythmic way.
This folk dance is one of the most appreciated as well as acclaimed dances in the Muslim community of the Kashmir valley. The footwork or Chakri, the colorful costumes of the beautiful Kashmiri women make this dance a highly favored one. In the bloom of the spring season to mark the auspicious occasions, this dance is practiced. The joy of harvesting is celebrated with mystical poetry to which the dancers dance rhythmically. The farmers happily celebrate the occasion in a grand way. along with the dance, good food is served and beautiful songs are sung making the occasion a special celebration. AS Kashmir is a world-famous tourist spot, this dance has earned appreciation both nationally and internationally.
Watch the famous Rouf dance here.
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