Vol. 4, Issue 6 (2017)
Dhambali and Daastan: Kashmiri styles of singing and folk dances
Author(s): Dr. Shamus-ul-Nisa
Abstract: Dhambali is a devotional dance performed by males in Kashmir to invoke the blessings of Reshis or deities at particular shrines known as Ziyarats. The occasions of the dance are ceremonial only but is very popular with the piligrims going on Ziyarat (A religious Piligrimage) to a shrine (locally known as Ziyarat). Generally this dance was performed by, saints (reshis) of Kashmir, wearing long colourful robes and tall conical caps, which are usually studded with beads and shells. Apart from dancing, the performers also sang in chorus, tuned with music by various drums. In this dance, group, the performers move in a ritual manner and fix religious flags into the ground on such occasions. After fixing the flag in ground, the performers, continue dancing around the flag. Daastan is the conveying of events in words and sounds. Daastan have been shared in the culture of Kashmir as a means of entertainment, education, cultural presentations and to instill moral values. Daastan is a means of sharing and interpreting experience.