The Kud dance is one of the hiilly region dances from Jammu, exhibits swaying & sinuous movements. Kud is basically
a ritual dance performed in honor of Lok Devatas. This is a kind of thanks-giving ritual based dance performed mostly during
nights. As characteristics of all folk dances, spontaneity is also a feature of this dance. People of all ages and sexes participate
in this folk dance form, which is accompanied by musical instruments used during the dance like Narshingha, chhaina, flute
and drums. It is the rhythm of music that directs the movement of all participants.
It is a typical community dance, performed in the middle mountain ranges of the Jammu region. During the rainy seasons
the dance is performed. When the maize is harvested, the villagers gather & come down from the nearby hills in the vicinity
of the local deity-the Gramdevta temple. Their feeling behind these rituals is to express their gratitude for protecting their
crops, cattle and children from natural calamities. So, mostly who participate in dance are farmers. Men, women and children,
attired in their best, gather around a bonfire for the nightlong festivities.
Sometimes, this dance continues for the whole night. Total Number of participants dancing ranges from 20 to 30 members.
Jammu has rich heritage of forms of folk dance and music, which are performed during ceremonies and social functions. `Kud`
is also such a dance form performed to please gods during nightlong soirees.