Pabbar Valley Facts

The Valley of Pabbar is least urbanized. The literacy rate is about 77%. The majority of the village continues to till the lands for survival. The villagers are found wherever an area of Cultivable land exists. They are situated in the valleys or on the hill tops preferably near a source of water, a hill route and a regular shrine.

The major cereal crops are wheat, barley maize and paddy. Potatoes are the single most important cash crop. Apple is the major horticulture crop in the mid hills and upper riches of the state.

Art and Craft
The glorious tradition of craftsmanship in this valley is centuries old. For the hills folk, creation is the part of the rhythm of a life in time with nature. Steeped in its own unique culture and imbued with its own unique character, the ancient skills are reverently handed down from generation to generation.

In the higher reaches of this valley, the hill folk rear sheep and goals and weave the wool and hair in the delightful array of colors, textures, design and styles. Using natural wool and the mechanical loom, the skilled hands of the weaver create woolen garments, accessories and household items that epitomize the glory and sheer superiority of the valley's handicraft- the items that occupy a price of place- Articles made from wool play an important role in providing the basic requirements of this valley.

Fairs and Festivals
Fairs and festivals present the multi splendor charms of this valley where the warm and hospitable people come together. Fairs and festivals are arranged in obeisance of local duties served in the valley and the occasion is welcomed with joy, color and celebration.

The SHANU and BHUNDA are special festivals of the area but do not have any prescribed dates :

The Durga Asthami is celebrated at Hatkate in March and October. The Rahru Jattar is a major event in April as is Baisakhi at Giri Ganga. July witnesses the festivals of Dakhrain at Jobbal

Folk Dance
Celebrations- marriage , fairs festivals, birth of child, harvest worshipping of the local deity are all occasions for rejoicing- a time when the cheerful and remarkable lot of the hill folk take time off from their arduous labors, to sing, dance and make merry.

The valley folk have a long tradition of preserving their forms and rich culture tradition. Celebrations form an all important integral part of their lives. The lift of a ballad fills the air and skirts swing to the rhythm of the music. The ritual dance creates the magical effect and reflect the unique. Culture character of these god-fearing people. It is believed that the gods can invoked also through music and dance.

Naati is popular dance of this valley and is performers by people of all are groups. The dancers are attired in the fill splendor of their traditional costumes and ornaments. The performers make a crescent form by musical instrument generally consists of dhols (barren shaped drums), nagaras (bowl shaped drums) , karnals (long trumpet) and shehnai. The dancers move to step to varying rhythms and slowly gain in momentum with the rising crescendo of the accompanying music.

Both men and women participate the dance. The dance forms differ from region to region and is identified and named with a particular region. The type of Naati dance is suggestive of some typical gesture and formation. The famous versions are larie(bride), Shawhi and lilima in this valley.

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