The performing arts of Uttarakhand mainly comprise of different dance forms. Most of these performing arts are extremely popular in the Garhwal region of the state. In Kumaon, people are fond of music, folk dance, and songs accompanied by local musical instruments like murli, bina, and hurka. The jurkiya plays the hurka, accompanied by the dancer known as hurkiyari, who is generally his wife or daughter. They go to various places narrating folklores, singing the praise of their Gods and Goddesses.
The Kumaonese perform different folk dances such as Jharva and Chandhur Chhapalior during fairs and festivals and at harvest time. The popular folk songs of the region are Malushahi, Bair, and Hurkiya Bol. It all collectively forms the performing arts of Uttarakhand.