Ging Tang Tsholing, Punakha Tsechu: Day Three, the final day [Wide shot]Additional title: Dance of the Ging and Tsholing
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Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture
Dates / OriginDate Captured: 2005
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 802A
TopicsDance -- BhutanFolk dancing -- BhutanDance -- Religious aspects -- BuddhismRites & ceremonies -- BhutanSpirits (Buddhism)Masks -- BhutanDzongs -- Bhutan -- Punakha (District)Punakha (Bhutan : District)Festivals -- BhutanRitual and ceremonial dancing -- BhutanMask dances -- Bhutan
GenresFilmed danceFilmed performances
NotesAdditional physical form: For close shot version, see: *MGZIDF 802B.Programme for the Punakha Tsechu: Day Three, Final Day: Feb. 20, 2005 : Chung Zam - Dance of the Four Garudas ; Pa Cham - Dance of the Heroes ; Durdag - Dance of the Four Lords of the Charnel Grounds ; Ging Tang Tsholing - Ging and Tsholing ; Ging Cham - Victory dance of the Ging ; Zhabdrung Zednam - The Coming of the Zhabdrung (Dance Drama).Venue: Videotaped in performance at the main courtyard, Punakha Dzong, in Punakha, Bhutan (camera on 1st floor balcony), on Feb. 20, 2005.Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PDBiographical/historical: Pungthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong (The Palace of Great Bliss) in Punakha was constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637-38 and is of great historical significance. Located on a stretch of land where two rivers, the Phochu and Mochu, coverage, the Dzong appears as great anchored ship. It was here that the Zhabdrung died in 1651. Again, it was here that the first hereditary Monarch of Bhutan, King Ugyen Wangchuck, was enthroned just over one hundred years ago, on 17th December 1907. Punakha served as the winter capital of the Kingdom until 1955, (after which the capital moved to Thimphu) and Punakha Dzong continues to be the winter residence of the Central Monastic Authority (CMA) the main monk body of the Drukpa Kagyu School.
Physical DescriptionBorn digitalExtent: 1 video file (ca. 41 min.) : sound, color
DescriptionGing Dang Tsholing - Dance of the Ging and Tsholing (16 Monks dancing - with 12 Ging arriving also). The dance of the Ging and Tsholing shows the situation at Zangdopelri, the Copper-Coloured Mountain (Paradise). At the centre of the self-emanating, Magical Palace is the wisdom, rainbow form of Ugyen Rinpoche, the embodiment of all the Buddhas. The way he helps the sentient beings through his magical power cannot be fathomed by ordinary minds. Seated on the right are the enlightened sages of India and Tibet and on the left are scholars of these two great countries. The twenty-five leaders and disciples of the middle spaces carrying out their holy tasks ceaselessly. Among the radiance of the spaces are the spiritual deity heroes, sky-going heroines and other deities in peaceful and wrathful forms making inner and outer offerings through vajra dances and singing miraculously. The four doors in the four cardinal directions are filled with the tutelary deities led by the four guardian kings in wrathful forms. They too work endlessly for subduing all those who oppose and hinder the progress of the Religion of Sakyamuni Buddha. Pema Lingpa, the Treasure Discoverer (Terton) had seen these wonderful sights in person.The Punakha Tsechu (as opposed to the Punakha Drubchen) is of recent origin, having been first performed in 2005. Dasho Thinley Gyamtsho, the Principal of RAPA, was asked to create a new dance spectacle to help inaugurate the Tsechu, and he devised a new piece, taking three days to perform, The Coming of the Zhabdrung which recounts the history of Zhabdrung, Nagawang Namgyal particularly as it relates to his arrival in Punakha and the building of the Punakha Dzong, Pungthang Dechen Phodrang.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19885592Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 4c0429e0-e513-0130-9aff-3c075448cc4b
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