Pandav Nritya, a well-known folk dance of Uttarakhand, is presented throughout the state’s Kumaon area. It is called after the Pandavas, a group of five brothers who appear in the Mahabharata, a famous Hindu epic.
A group of people who are dressed like the Pandavas in elaborate masks and costumes perform the dance. They also carry swords and shields, which they used to act out scenarios from the Mahabharata during the dance.
The dance is usually performed in conjunction with religious celebrations like Dussehra, Diwali, and Holi, and it is accompanied by dhol, hurka, and narsingha, three traditional musical instruments. The dancers mimic scenes from the epic poem while performing coordinated moves.
Pandav Nritya is regarded as a symbol of the state’s rich history and mythology and is a significant component of Uttarakhand’s cultural heritage. The dance serves as a means of passing along cultural traditions from one generation to the next, in addition to being enjoyable to see.