The folk music of Uttarakhand is essentially related to the various festivals, religious traditions, folk stories and life of the people of Uttarakhand. The songs of Uttarakhand have been written keeping in the view of State Culture Heritage and general public life.
Music instruments used in Uttarakhand music includes the Dhol, Damoun, Turri, Ransigha, Dholki, Daur, Thali, Bhankora and Masakbhaja. Mangals, Martial Panwaras and Jhora are the popular kind of songs in the state. The music an its development have seen various phases of growth and have gone through lots of transformation during the course of time.
Two musicians will never forget for their unbeatable contribution for the state folk music. Sh. Narendra Singh Negi, the voice of Uttarakhnad and Sh. Gopal Babu Goswami to be legend in Kumaon.
Other well known artist associated with Kumaoni folk music is Mohan Upreti. Chander Singh Rahi is another famous singer, a story teller. He is the most authentic to the hills.
In the past years Uttarakhandi music has been a revolution after the recommendation by various music recording agencies sucha as T series, who has offered platform to local talents to make their songs recorded in the studios. This has tend to number of unrevealed talents from various corners of Uttarakhand, which includes famous personalities such as Kalpana Chauhan, Meena Rana, Fauji Lalit Mohan Joshi, Gajendra Rana who have made their contribution to the Garhwali/Kumaoni music by various hit songs and albums.
Also with advance technology and availability of video cameras and recording device, many of artist have started making music albums which has created popularization of Uttarakhandi folk music. Infact Garhwali/Kumaoni songs have acquired so much of popularity over the years that they have become integral part of the music events.
With the quick growth and popularity in Uttarakhandi music the day is not far when any cultural/social festivals would have some elements of Uttarakhandi music as an essential part.