Rouf is Kashmir's most popular folk dance form, out of all the dance forms. Since ancient times, it has played an important role in the lives of Kashmiri Muslims. This performing dance is present at every festive occasion, whether it is to welcome Ramadan, express joy during Eid festivities, enjoy the harvest season, or welcome the spring season.
The dance, which is known as Row in the capital and Rouf in the villages, depicts the queen bee's love story as she takes her 'nuptial flight.' Women form a beeline to dance in unison to the musical beats, inspired by the lovemaking behavior of bees. It is a female-only dance in which beautiful women dressed in elegant costumes, particularly Pherans (Kashmir's traditional dress), face each other and hold the other's waist or shoulder. They then sway their feet rhythmically forward and backwards to the music of mystical poetry. The dance's most prominent feature is its footwork. While watching the dance, one feels compelled to join in.