Thoda Folk Dance, Shillai, Sirmour District

        Shillai, the remote valley in Sirmour, gets agog with dance and festivities. Here a peculiar 'Thoda' dance is performed. It like 'Chau' dance of Biahar seems to be a warrior's folk dance. The martial arts are part and parcel of our virility and aesthetic sensibilities. The aim is not complete unless the arrow strikes the ankle of the opponent and it requires great skill and accomplishment. It is our bounden duty to preserve these for the posterities to enrich our rich and varied culture.
 

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