Kumaon: The land of people, culture and heritage

Kumaon extends from the northern end of the Ganga plains right up to Tibet. The word “Kumaon” is believed to have its origin in “Kurmanchal” which means the land of “Kurmavatar”, the tortoise incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In the past, this region was ruled by famous rulers such as the Katyuri’s Chand and Pals which enrich it with many historic monuments such as the Sun temple of Katarmal, Jageshwartempla complex, Baijnath etc.

Kumaon has a rich tradition of performing arts especially folk dance and songs accompanied by local musical instruments like Murli, Bina, and Hurka. Most popular dance forms of Kumaon are jhora performed in groups at fairs with songs on various subjects like religious, social, love etc; Chhapeli a colourful and lively dance play accompanied by the Hurka and song, a traditional percussion instrument; Chholia Nritya (Chholia Dance) in which performers wielding swords and shields exhibit their skills; Mukhauta Nritya (Mask Dance) involving performances with masks of animals like cow, deer and Lakhiya Bhoot (Ghost) on their faces etc.

Fairs and festivals are also intrinsic to Kumaon culture. Inspired by this
flawless natural splendour, the people of rural and semi-urban areas of Kumaon have created and nurtured various art and craft forms since ages.

Famous painters of the region like Dr. Mathpal who has depicted the rock paintings of Kumaon, has been felicitated with Padmashree. Aipan, a traditional art form of Kumaon has flourished and it has great social, cultural and religious significance.

Kumaoni Cusine: The Taste of Kumaon
The traditional cuisine of the land is highly nutritious, simple to prepare and at the same time appealing to the palate. The best part of Kumaoni cuisine is that most dishes are made of locally available material, so it is naturally organic and healthy. Secondly, cereals used in Kumaoni dishes are ragi and finger millet which are far more nutritious than wheat and rice made dishes. One very unique soft drink that is indigenous to this place is Rhodendron juice, which is not only highly refreshing but is also considered highly beneficial for diabetic and heart patients. An attempt at a Muskotia eatery is being made to revive the Kumaoni cuisine.

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