If the music and dance styles of any region are profuse, it automatically emphasizes the rich cultural heritage. The culture of Uttarakhand is an illustrious example of this trend. Music is integrated to every nook of Uttarakand society. The aura of this mountainous region is such that it had inspired musicians to compose wonderful tunes. Mighty streams of rivers, lushness of the pine forests, rugged mountain peaks, celestial beauties of hill stations-all these became themes of numerous musicals composition. The folk music primarily is related to the various festivals, religious traditions, folk stories and simple life of the people of Uttarakhand. The music of Kumaon and garhwal region is a medley of fine tunes and lyrics. Content is spiritual and it depicts conundrum of the socio- cultural scenario of the state.
Music and Dance of Uttarakhand`Mandals`, `panwaras` and somber `khuded`, `thadya` and `jhoda` are popular folk songs of this region. Dhol, damoun, turri, ransingha, dholki, daur, thali, bhankora and masakbhaja are various musical instruments used during the performance. Music has undergone changes and evolution over the years. Many musical talents have emerged from the region. Meena Rana with her golden voice presents numerous musical albums for the whole nation and can be rightly called "Lata Mangeshkar of Uttarakhand".
Also, with advancement in technology and recording gimmicks, more and more endowments have begun creating music albums. This has furthered the popularity of folk dance of Uttarakhand. Langvir Nritya is a dance for males only, performed in the manner similar to any gymnastic movements. Barada Nati folk dance is a famous dance of Dehradun district. It is executed on the eve of some religious festivals or affairs. All the boys and girls participate in the saltation attired with colorful conventional dresses.