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Folk dance of Kullu District is Naati and it is performed in
group. Naati not only performed during function but also while worshiping the
local Deities. It is a group dance by both male and female and Dhol, Nagara,
Shehnai, Karnal and Ransinghe are the popular music instruments played during
Naati with the folk songs.
Female dancer wear traditional
Kulluvi woollen dress over their cloths called Pattu during folk dance. Pattu
is a woollen cloth little bigger than shawl which have beautiful embroidery of
woollen threads. Pattu is tied with the pins with silver chain and women wear
lots of silver and golden ornaments. Their heads is covered with a piece of
cloth called Dhatu and they wear the handmade footwear called Pullas.
While on the other hand , the male dancer wear a long woollen coat with pleats
called Chola and tight woollen pant called Suthan and Chola is tied on the
waist with the help of a piece of cloth called Dora. Male also wear a woollen
cap with hanging garland made up of colorful threads.
One can see this dance during
some function in Manali or even during season period local Naati is also
arranged by Himachal Tourism at Mall Road Manali to entertain Tourists. Last
year more than 8000 female dance of Kullu Valley dance together in Kullu
Dusherra and made a record. This local dance shows the rich culture of Kullu