- An Indian theater form popular among Hindu villagers in thestate of Himachal Pradesh. The plays celebrate local traditions ofdress, worship, and morality, by telling stories of ordinary lifeusing a range of familiar characters. Music, dance, and satiricalhumour enliven the performances, which sometimes last all night. Thereis also a religious element with a chorus that sings praises to thegods. see also Bhand Jashna.