|Cyprus Post together with India Post, are issuing a common stamp series entitled "Folk Dances". Folk music and folk dances are an expression of people's need to communicate with one another and convey their feelings.
In Cyprus, there is an unbelievably great wealth of dance melodies, as Cypriot researches on the topic, have recorded more than 70 different dances. In the past households did not have a running water supply for every day use. A spring or "vrisi" as was called, was used by the whole village. Young women would go to the "vrisi" to fill their pitchers or pots with water. There they would meet the young men they loved. These love encounters "chance-meetings" are the subject of the dance "the pitcher" or "stamna" or "kouza" as is called in the Cypriot dialect.
Nati is the most popular folk dance of Himachal Pradesh in India. It derives its name from the Sanskrit word "Natya and Nritya". It is a dance for amateurs who have no audience in view and who dance inclusively for their own pleasure and satisfaction. Unlike classical dances, there are no hard and fast rules in these dances and minor variations are pleasantly done looking to the local taste and talent. Everyone in the village irrespective of age and sex joins this community dance during festivals, marriages and other functions.
The main types of folk dances which all originate from Nati are Banthra, Luddi, Dhilli Nati, Dohari Nati, Pheti Nati, Buhahari Nati, Bahndu Nati, Kartha, Lahauli, Bakhali, Phagi, Kharait, Garbi, Devkhel and Taon Nati. In these various types of Natis different hill tunes are played upon the orchestra.
Text: Michael Hadjimichael - Director of Music Ensemble 'Mesogeos' / Indian Post
Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.