Being a native of lower-Himachal, I always wanted to a Kinnauri Wedding. We had heard a lot of weddings which happen in upper himachal which is full of apple orchards and other fruits. During my sabbatical we were out for Kinnaur expidition and had few quick glimpses which we wanted to share. Check out this Photo Journey to know more about weddings which happen in Kinnaur region.
Some time back Jitendra, an acclaimed Travel Photographer, shared some great photographs from Kinnaur at http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2013/02/snow-covered-region-of-kinnaur-district.html
This Photo Journey shares overall culture of Kinnaur region very well. I thought of re-sharing the link so that new viewers/readers can check out other details about the place as well.
This is the typical band which is used in wedding of Kinnaur and upper shimla region of Himachal Pradesh. The main dance form during the marriages in Natti.
Nati is among the most important dance forms among the Performing Arts of Himachal Pradesh. Through the slow swaying movements of body, the dancing men and women celebrate the occasion. Nati-Folk Dance in Himachal Pradesh is performed by people dancing in the form of circles, or sometimes in rows. The performers generally wear richly hued costumes, attach a feather in their hair and with a sweet smile dance in slow rhythm.
Since it was a sudden encounter, so not very sure what exactly is happening here. We could not see the groom in this whole group. It seems that family & relatives of bride were going to some temple for worship. If you notice, the lady who is next to the bride is carrying a plate with leading lady having a bell, which is usually used for worship only.
At current time, Kinnauras do not constitute a homogenous group and display significant territorial and ethnic diversity. For a better understanding of ethnic and cultural distribution, the Kinnaur District may be classified into three territorial units. Lower Kinnaur comprise area between Chora at the boundary of the Kinnaur District with Rampur Bushahr and Kalpa including Nichar and Sangla valleys. Which means that the photographs in this Photo Journey belongs to lower Kinnaur. The middle Kinnaur is the area between Kalpa and Kanam including Moorang tehsil and rest is upper Kinnaur.
The Bridge caught Travellingcamera capturing their photographs. Surprizingly there were very few men around this whole group.