Jalli is a dance associated with the Muslim holymen who are called pirs; it is generally danced in their hermitages (khangahs). This 'dance' is mostly performed in sitting posture, sometimes it is also danced around the grave of a preceptor. A single dancer can also perform this dance. Normally the dancer wears black with a black scarf covering his head.
Sometimes, the Pir's murids (followers) also tie ghungroos (Jingling bells) around their waists like the Bhangra dancers of yore. This dance is fast disappearing.
Gurdas Maan does the jalli dance in some songs such as, Allah hu and many others.
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