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Hema Negi Karasi

Uttarakhand has a very rich and versatile culture diversified in the form of folk music, instruments, dance forms, ethnic wear and religious places among various others. However, over a period of time the residents have migrated to industrial havens to earn living for themselves and their families. This has resulted in utter neglect of our rich culture and complete apathy towards our folk artists who are languishing in the oblivion.Heema Negi Karasi, a reputed folk singer who hails from a remote village (Agastmuni) in Rudraprayag district (Uttarakhand) has come aggressively in rescue of the rich culture with her persistent efforts not only in Uttarakhand but also at the national, international and digital platforms. Hema at the prime of her youth chose to devote herself towards revival and rejuvenation of many forms music, dance and traditional attires which were at the verge of extinction.Jaagar is one such form of religious performance which is a perfect symphony of singing alongwith traditional instruments like Damru and others to invoke deities to come and shower their blessings. Hema’s professional career has been full of ups and downs as she has ventured audaciously in a male dominated field and proved to be a youth icon she is today. She specializes in Jaagar and traditional Himalayan folk and she is a great supporter and promoter of traditional folk across India. Heema is a self-made woman and a perfect example of woman empowerment.Hema is a new age performer who understands the importance of digital age and therefore she is extensively leveraging its strengths in increasing awareness among the youth across the globe. She is first female folk artist in Uttarakhand who has own website, YouTube Channel and Music Company which is dedicated towards the promotion of culture. Her influence on the youth can be fathomed by the fact that her music video Jai Bhola Bhandari has been adopted by the state government for promotion of tourism in Uttarakhand. The feather in her cap is Giratoli Gir Genduwa – 2, a mesmerizing musical rendition of the epic victory of Pandavas over Kauravas in the Dharamyudh. She has significantly contributed towards the social and cultural fabric of Uttarakhand. She has re-introduced the traditional dresses which had lost their identity. Apart from that she has also introduced the following –• Traditional dresses viz. Ghungati, Pakhala, Aangadi, Pagada, Ghagra and Fatoyi etc. • Uttarakhandi traditional jewellery such as Nath, Guloband, Hasuli, Dhaguli, Chandra Haar, Ponchhi, Timandya etc. • The traditional dress for women in Uttarakhand remains Sarong, a mantle-type dress, tightened with a blouse and an Odani and Khorpi. Whereas in the weddings or special occasion, native women are seen wearing the attractive Rangwali Pichora or Ghagra Choli. A significantly large nose ring (nath) and necklace called Galoband are also worn by the women during festivals/special occasion. The Rangwali Pichora is the dress worn by married women as it represents prosperity.She has been awarded by best folk Singer Award by Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Mr. Harish Rawat in 2015. Awarded by President of Badri Kedar Vikas Samiti Dehradun Uttarakhand. Awarded by Amar Ujala News paper Group Dehradun Uttarkhand in 2013. Awarded by Gopal Babu Goshwami Award in 2016.Award by Youth Icon National Award in best folk singer in 2016 by chief Minister of Uttarakhand Mr Harish Rawat.Hema is not only impacting the Uttarakhandi residents in India but also the global diaspora by bringing them closer to their culture and reinvigorating their love for their Devbhumi. Her melodious songs pictured in the pristine locations of Uttarakhand coupled with fresh outlook of cultural heritage with digital boost has worked out successfully in bringing awareness among the people of Uttarakhand. She is a well-recognised and personality now who is synonymous with the traditional culture. All her music videos give a soothing view of a Uttarakhand village, people in their traditional attires performing daily chores and their devotion towards the almighty.  She has been part of digital forums HNK Films Mart & RaasDisitalMart conducting weekly webinars on increasing awareness on various issues like agriculture, water conservation, folk music, folk artists and artisans, skill development, entrepreneurship and employment generation which has created a difference in many lives. She has significantly contributed towards the social and cultural fabric of Uttarakhand. She has re-introduced the traditional dresses which had lost their identity. Apart from that she has also introduced the following –
• Traditional dresses viz. Ghungati, Pakhala, Aangadi, Pagada, Ghagra and Fatoyi etc.
• Uttarakhandi traditional jewellery such as Nath, Guloband, Hasuli, Dhaguli, Chandra Haar, Ponchhi, Timandya etc.
• The traditional dress for women in Uttarakhand remains Sarong, a mantle-type dress, tightened with a blouse and an Odani and Khorpi. Whereas in the weddings or special occasion, native women are seen wearing the attractive Rangwali Pichora or Ghagra Choli. A significantly large nose ring (nath) and necklace called Galoband are also worn by the women during festivals/special occasion. The Rangwali Pichora is the dress worn by married women as it represents prosperity.