Each state in India has folk dance(s) which can be even called the community dance. Large gatherings or sometimes a sizeable group of people perform these folk dances. Earlier the performances used to be on some special occasions; wedding, celebrating good harvest! Anything that is synchronously performed by large groups catches attention and Nati is one such folk dance form prevalent in Himachal Pradesh & Uttrakhand.
It’s a matter of pride for the state of Himachal Pradesh that Nati performed during Dussehra in Kullu by 8540 women on 7 Oct 2014, had set Limca World Record. Later, on 26 Oct 2015, 9892 women dancers went on to set a higher record, Guinness World Record.
Since Himachal Pradesh is a tourism-dependent state, Nati is being used extensively to amuse tourists to make trips memorable. All major resorts/hotels have the Nati performance planned for their guests.
Kuldeep Sharma, a noted singer of Pahari songs is famous as ‘Nati King’. He performs live & the audience dance to his tunes.