Kinnauri Nati is a folk dance which originated in Himachal Pradesh. This dance is closely related to nature. It is performed on the occasion of New Year. This dance adds a majestic look to the celebration. In addition to that it has become an important part of fairs and festival celebrated in this state. The dance is the representation of the happiness gained after a good harvest.
The inherent theme of Kinnaur Dance is much similar to that of the Bhangra Dance of Punjab. The dance lacks pace but the sequences make it elegant to watch. The dance moves depicts the all the activities involved in sowing the crop and reaping it. The elegant movements of the dancers represent the beauty of the state. In addition to that it presents the gentleness of the hilly breeze, slowly flowing rivers and the rhythmic swaying of trees.
Earlier this dance was performed by men only. Now it is opened to the women also which makes it magnificent to watch. The costume of the men consists of the churidars with pyjamas and decorated caps. Sometimes, the costume comprises of the Chola or the top coat. In addition to that the men also wear socks with shoes. The costume of the women comprises of the Ghaghra or the skirt, the Gachi, the Lachhi, the floral shawl and the Boomani with silver chains, tight churidar pyjamas. The women also wear heavy armlets and silver and gold ornaments known as Tunki and Chanki around their necks. The men and women hold an ornate fan in one hand and a colourful handkerchief in another and clap as they dance. The clothes worn by the dancer makes them look vibrant. The clothes and jewellery worn by the women dancers adds a glam quotient to this dance form.
Music resembles the sound of breeze blowing through forests. This dance is based upon beat and rhythm which is different from area to area. There are thirteen variations in this dance depending on the tempo. The dance is accompanied by four to eight musicians.
The instruments that accompany this dance range from the Drums, the Shehnai, the Cymbals and the Ranasinga.
The dance is very popular in the state because it is an expression of happiness.