Without the co ordination of the people dance and songs cannot be performed. Chawn-lam or festive dance, Dar-lam or funeral dance, Pheipheet-lam or war dance, Hrang-lam or head hunting dance, Tinna-Hla-lam or parting dance are common dances of the Hmar community. Dances are based on the rhythmic tunes of musical instruments. Various folksongs are sung along with the dances.
This is the main dance of the Hmar tribes. Chawn-lam is a dance that is performed during the harvesting festival. It is performed both by male and female. The boys and girls are arranged systematically outside the dancing place. Each row is headed by leader of each gender. Then they enter the dancing ground. Each row jumps face to face according to the sounds of drums. Each dance has its specific style of drumming. Gong string, bell bangles are the additional musical instrument which make the dancing more pleasing. The boys are expert in beating the drums according to the need of the rhythmic tunes. Jumping, stepping and other activities pertaining to dance are done according to the line of song and rhythmic tunes of musical instruments.
This is a funeral dance which is performed when a chief person dies in the village. It is done to pay their last respect to the departed soul. The person of sixty to seventy years is considered important if he has served the society for the well being of the community. The procession is accompanied by musicians and dancers who perform this dance up to the graveyard. When the dead body is ultimately buried at funeral ground the procession comes back singing and dancing to the house of the family where in death had taken place.
This dance is to celebrate the victory of raid or head hunting. This is a symbol of a mark of bravery and honour of the warriors. The hunted heads are hung in the courtyard of one of the warrior's house. The warriors wear their best clothes which has specific designs, put on headgear which is made up of red and black cotton, hold a gun in their hand and go around the post on the top of which the hunted heads are hung. Friends holding bamboo pipes accompany them. At the same time musicians are standing in a group in a corner and beating on drum, gong and bangles.
This dance is performed jointly by both men and women. Women occupy places in between men. While dancing the warrior enters the ground, chanting the hunter's cry and fire gun shots. The other dancers go round the head thrice before taking a break. In this dance people erect a long bamboo over which the hunted head is hung. Dancing and singing continues day and night. During the dance the warrior enters in the middle, pulling the hand of his wife that appears to show like the flying of birds. It is followed by a scene where of weeping by the wife and her husband dries her tears.