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Sikkim Traditional Dances

Tibetan Dance: Singhi Chaam
The associate five peaks of the scared Mount Khangchendzonga looks like the legendary snow lion, which is considered an important cultural symbol of the State and is elaborately depicted in the Singhi Chaam or the Snow Lion Dance.

Sikkimese Folk Dance: Talachi
It is fabled that a king once lost his favorite horse. A search party was sent to look for the royal steed. As they proceed along the solitary path amidst hills and forests, the searchers sang lively songs and danced ending the monotony of their long sojourn.

Sikkimese Folk Dance: Lu Khangthamo
It is dedicated to this day - a day of thanks giving to all Gods and deities of the three worlds, Heaven, Earth and Hell. This age old folk dance is performed regularly by the young and old folk alike in their traditional customs and ornaments accompanied by the pleasing song and music on the occasion like warming and New Year celebrations. It is a Bhutia folk dance.

Sikkimese Folk Dance: Gha To Kito
It is a song cum dance which describes all about the treasures of Sikkim like Mount Khangchendzonga and the snow covered Himalayan ranges, rhododendrons and primulas, holy places, caves ad minerals. It is a Bhutia folk dance.

Sikkimese Folk Dance: Be Yu Mista
It is a popular Bhutia folk dance performed in praise of Sikkim by group of males and females with pleasing songs and prayers.

Sikkimese Folk Dance: Chi Rimu
It is a popular Bhutia folk dance performed in praise of Sikkim by young and old folks. This dance is a regular feature in every happy occasion when Bhutias express reverence to great teachers and sacred places of worship.

Sikkimese Folk Dance: Rechungma
It is typical Sikkimese dance performed during the happy occasions like childbirth, marriage and other social gatherings, offer paying their sincere thanks to the god for his blessings.

Sikkimese Folk Dance: Gnungmala Gnunghey
It is a typical Bhutia fold dance performed in praise, by both male and female to the accompaniment of devotional hymns and song of the multi purpose majestic bamboos, describing its use.

Sikkimese Folk Dance: Tashi Zaldha
It is a dance depicting the Bhutia custom of offering scarves, performed by boys and girls.

Mask Dance: Enchey Chaam
Sikkim's famous mask dances provide a spectacle, perhaps nowhere to be experienced in the entire world. Performed by lamas in the 'Gompa' courtyard to celebrate religious festivals, dances demonstrate perfect footwork and grace. Costumed lamas with gaily painted masks, ceremonial swords and sparkling jewels leap and swing to the rhythm of resounding drums, trumpeting of horns and chanting of monks. It is the annual puja celebrated with religious masked dances on the 18th and 19th days of the 11th month of the Tibetan Buddhist Calendar corresponding to the month of December - January.

Mask Dance: Rumtek Chaam
It is the most important chaam (religious masked dance) performed on the 10th day of the 5th month of the Tibetan calendar, corresponding to the month of June. It presents eight manifestations of the Guru Rimpoche. This is highly colorful and spectacular and draws many pilgrim and visitors.

Mask Dance: Gouthor(Winter) Chaam
It is performed on the month of February - 2 days prior to Losar.

Mask Dance: Kagyed Dance
It is performed on the 28th and 29th day of the 10th month of the Tibetan Calendar, around December. This dance is performed symbolizing the destruction of the evil forces and hoping for peace and prosperity to flourish in every Sikkimese home. The dancers of this are extremely popular Chaam are always monks who are accompanied liturgical music and chanting. The solemn nature of the dance is interspersed with comic relief provided by the jesters. Kagyed dances enact various themes from the Buddhist mythology and culminate with the burning of effigies made of flour, wood and paper.

The other popular dances are

  • Bhutia Talachi
  • Sherpa Sebru Naach
  • Guning Sorathi
  • Bhutia Lu-Khang-Thamo
  • Bhutia Gha-to-Kito
  • Bhutia Be-yul-mista
  • Bhutia Chi-Rimu.

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