Chipdrel, Thimphu Drubchen: Day One [Close shot]Additional title: Procession of the Je Khenpho, officials and dancers
NamesCore of Culture (Organization) (Producer)Core of Culture (Organization) (Donor)
Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2006
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 897B
TopicsDance -- BhutanDance -- Religious aspects -- BuddhismRites & ceremonies -- BhutanProcessions -- BhutanDzongs -- Bhutan -- Thimphu (District)Thimphu (Bhutan : District)Festivals -- BhutanRitual and ceremonial dancing -- BhutanProcessional dances -- Bhutan
GenresFilmed danceFilmed performances
NotesAdditional physical form: For wide shot version, see: *MGZIDF 897A.Content: Programme for the Thimphu Drubchen, Day One (Sept. 27, 2006): Zhanag Nga Cham - (21 dancers) The Drum Dance of the Black Hats ; De Gey Ku Cham (Dzg. De Gyad) - Dance of the Eight Kinds of Spirits.Venue: Videotaped in performance at the Trashi Cho [Tashichho] Dzong, in Thimphu, Bhutan (ground level: looking across arena along the right diagonal towards the Je Khenpho's seat), on Sept. 27, 2006.Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PDBiographical/historical: The 11-day annual Lhamoi Drubchhen, is a rite performed to appease Pelden Lhamo (the Goddess Mahakali), one of the three main spiritual protectors of the Drukpa Kagyue school of Buddhism. The sacred 11-day ceremony is performed by His Holiness the Je Khenpo and 250 monks of the central monk body at the Dukhang (congregation hall) of Tashichhodzong for 22 hours at a stretch in a day with only short breaks for meals and rest. The clergy performs a three-day rite for the Thimphu Domchoe while the Lham Tsomo dance, a highlight of the Thimphu Domchoe festival, is performed in the courtyard of the Tashichhodzong.Biographical/historical: The Drubchhen was instituted between 1705 and 1709 by Kuenga Gyaltshen, the first reincarnation of Jampel Dorji, the son of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
Physical DescriptionBorn digitalExtent: 1 video file (3 min.) : sound, color
DescriptionThe Drubchen (Dromchoe) begins each morning with a procession from H. H. Je Khenpho s chambers diagonally across the courtyard to the main temple, and from there back along the courtyard to take H. H. Je Khenpho and the other participants up to the Zari - or viewing pavilion on the first floor of the Kunra (Main Shrine). After addressing the performers, he watches the day s performances from his central seat - the best view of the courtyard below - and a reminder that the dances are performed before his Eminence.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19897210Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 401b00b0-f876-0130-60d3-3c075448cc4b
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