Sirohi district has a very rich cultural and traditional background.
Folk songs and folk dances are the traditional way of amusement and entertainment of the people of Sirohi.
These traditional songs are full of melody and classical rhythm and are based on some ragas. Tribal and people residing in the rural area are fond of singing folk songs and performing the folk dances on the occasion of festivals, fair, marriages and religious occasions etc.
These folk songs and dances have variety of feeling included in them. They show affections for family and love ones. Some folk songs also possess emotions related to pain and sorrows.
Some of the examples of the marriage folk songs are Mayra Song, Song sung for the bride/ bridegroom called songs of Bandana and song of Toran. In which Mayra song is sung when the brother arrives at his sister’s house for attending his nephew’s marriage and it expresses the feelings of the sister for her brother.
On the occasion of Mayra the brother brings costly gifts for his sister, brother in law, nephews etc. Toran Song is sung when the Bride arrives at groom’s house with barat (procession) and reaches to the gate of the house of the groom, this may be considered to be the first step of commencing the marriage ceremony.
On the fortnight of the marriage, special type of folk dances and folk songs are organized and these are called Marat Nachna.The males and females perform solo & group dances till late night. On this occasion there is also a tradition of performing SARKALI and GAVRI dance.
The traditional drum and Thali are used as musical instruments. Gair dances are performed in the Month of FALGUN (which fall between February & March) and on the holi festival. Tribal women perform VALAR dances wearing colourful attractivecostumes.
On the occasion of the DHAJERI GYARAS, a fair is organized in SARNESHWAR Temple. This fair is only for the Rabbari caste and people of other castes are not allowed to enter in the temple for that particular day. It is essential for Rabbaries to wear their traditional dresses. The males and females sing and dance for the whole day. At night the women sings and the men see dance of ORIYA. The ORIYA is a folk dance from KHEDA caste and they perform dances on these occasions.
The Kacchi Ghodi dance is very attractive dance performed by the tribal people, in which a costume is worn by man and it looks as if the man is sitting on a horse. The photograph on the left hand side shows a Kacchi Ghodi dance. During Navratri Festival popular GARBA dance is performed in big circles wearing traditional garba dresses.