Ainchali is a religious ballad. The customs of singing Ainchali
in the house of the bride is common among the farming communities. In
this the men-folk go to the houses of the married couples and sing these
romantic Ainchali songs to the beat of drums or platters of pictures.
The women sing these songs in the house of the unmarried girl. In these
songs, incidents from the marriage of gods like Shiva and Rama are sung
with great gusto.
In the Chamba-Pangi areas, the professional singers go
from village to village with a khanjari (tambourine) and play on these
as they sing. They also use string puppets. They sing traditional songs
from Ramayana and Mahabharata. In the month of Chaitra, the Doms and Domanis
go from house to house and sing Dholaru songs to the people.