Monday , 10 May 2021


Yalli- The initial form of which dates back to so many centuries long when it was held around a ceremony bonfire, having the meaning of hot, LIGHT, and meal. The word “yal” means row, line of chain. The yalli dancers stand in one line or two rows and sometimes in some rows.

The yalli becoming traditional form existed in two forms; dancing and play yalli, but from time to time it was promoted and was enriched with new shades and as a result of which accepted new motions and reached our time.

The homeland of some kinds of yalli out of 100 is the ancient land Nakhchivan which is the inseperable part of Azerbaijan. The yalli forms considered our national heritage are follows: “Tanzara”, “Folk yalli”, “Gopu”, “Gazi-gazi”, “Hoynara”, “Sharur yalli”, “Four feet”, “Urfani”, “Arazi”, “Siyagutu”, “Khalafi”, “Ganimo”, “Nareyi”, “Galadan galaya”, “Three feet”, “Three steps”, “Kochdu balaban”, “Gulumeyi”, “Haghishda”, “Zari-zari”, and others.
Zari-zari – The dancing belonging to the Azerbaijani people was spread widely in Sharur region, especially in the villages of Havush and Shahbulag.

The “zari-zari” dancing is played in the weddings or in the henna apply ceremonies by women. It also may be danced by men and children.

Hakhishta – This national dancing derived from the word “Ha khishla” is mainly played merrily by hopping and with great enthusiasm. In this dancing, the groups are facing as in the dancing of “Halay”. The distance between them is 5-6m. A solist girl stands in the middle of the group. The girl approaches the groups and invites them to dance, and when demonstrating the certain motions she sings. And rest girls say “Hakhishta” after the last sentence in chorus. As the dancing is played out of music, the solist sings the text as it is in “Meykhana”. The dancing may be accompanied by means of the PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS (naghara, goshanaghara, dumbak).

Uch panja (Three paws) – According to the legend, one day a peasant was gathering wood in the forest, and this moment he sees a bear walking on three paws. As the fourth paw was wounded the bear was walking hopping with his one paw bent. And this episode looked like dancing and reminded any dancing. So, the peasant creates the three paws dancing thereafter. Today this yalli is played with great interest in Sharur region and the villages it covers. In most cases the dancing played by old people it is of two parts; the slow and rapid parts.

Arazi- It is one of the ancient yalli kinds danced in the wedding ceremonies of the Araz river regions of which, Ordubad, Julfa, Sharur, Babak, and Kangarli regions. Another name of this yalli is called “Papuro”.

The yalli consists of two parts and is played by men and women in a mixed form holding their little fingers to their shoulder position. The dancers put their right feet on the HEEL to the left side and then they quickly put their left feet to the front but not higher. This yalli is danced in the regions of Ordubad, Julfa, Sharur, Sadarak, Babak of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, also in the cultural-mass measures conducted in the city of Nakhchivan and together with this in the wedding ceremonies by the folklore dancing collectives.


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