Mohan Lal and group perform the Bhangra, Luddi and Jhummer dances traditional to the culturally rich land of Punjab to the accompaniment of the energetic, joyous and rhythmic sounds of two Dhols and a Chimta. Originating in the cultures’ historic response to a good yield, a successful business venture or the uplifting feel of the season of spring, the dances have changed form over the years, yet the group has been able to keep alive the flavor of yore. The Bhangra is a celebratory dance form that marks the season of harvest which culminates in the festival of Baisakhi. The Luddi is another graceful dance-form originally performed by men to celebrate any sort of victory but now women participate too. It is similar to the Bhangra but like the Jhummer is much slower in tempo. Luddi performers place one hand behind their heads and the other before their faces and sway their heads and hands mimicking the motions of a snake. It is usually performed in a circle formation around the Dhol player but sometimes can be conducted as a procession too. Mohan Lal and his group hail from Gurdaspur and perform at various fairs and festivals across Punjab, bringing a lot of fun and excitement to the celebration. The dancers sing ‘bol’ or lyrics in the local Punjabi dialect- Majhi to the accompaniment of folk tunes. Their bright and colorful costumes complete with festive turbans and mirrored waist-coats complement and enhance the spirit of the dance forms.

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