KATHMANDU: With an intention to safeguard the distinct culture of Magars of eastern region of Nepal, The Hurra, a documentary based on the Hurra dance culture of Magar community was screened at the auditorium of Nepal Music Centre (NMC), Pingalasthan. Hurra is a dance of Magar community which is performed during Tihar. It starts on the day of aaunsi and is played for 15 days without rest.

The words of Hurra are an ode of joy in living in our motherland. Hurra, now is considered as a broad culture merely than just a cultural dance. After taking permission from the village mukhiya, Hurra dance culture starts from the porch of mukhiya’s house and then the whole village sing songs for Deusi-Bhailo and dance on the tunes of the madal for 15 days. “With a view to make people aware about Hurra culture of Magars of eastern region, we have made an attempt to screen the documentary with the help of NMC,” said Rajesh Thapa, Assistant Director of the documentary.

Hurra has been observed from time unknown but it is widely believed that this culture started from 1850 AD. Shambhu Rana Magar, researcher on Hurra dance culture said, “We request all Magars living in and outside the country to keep up the Hurra culture alive,” adding, “With the slogan, ‘Where there is Magar there is Hurra’ we want our voice to reach people abroad and we are trying to make an effort to influence and create awareness in the Magar community to safeguard Hurra.” Thapa holds a firm belief that safeguarding cultures like these will contribute in making national culture wealthy and prosperous.

He said, “Many of the cultures of ethnic groups in Nepal need preservation.” The screening was followed by some queries put forth by the audience which Kabita Ale Magar, director of the documentary answered. “Basically Hurra is not played in the western part of Nepal but they have Ghatu, Maruni as their form of dance culture,” said Kabita Ale Magar in a briefing to question asked by the audience.