Lham Tsomai Ngoecham, Thimphu Drubchen: Day Two, Main Day [Close shot]Additional title: Real Dance of the Great Goddess (Pelden Lhamo)
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 901B
TopicsDance -- BhutanFolk dancing -- BhutanDance -- Religious aspects -- BuddhismRites & ceremonies -- BhutanMasks -- BhutanDzongs -- Bhutan -- Thimphu (District)Thimphu (Bhutan : District)Festivals -- BhutanRitual and ceremonial dancing -- BhutanMask dances -- Bhutan
GenresFilmed danceFilmed performances
NotesAdditional physical form: For wide shot version, see: *MGZIDF 901A.Content: Programme for the Thimphu Drubchen, Day Two (Sept. 28, 2006): Mang Cham (Marcham) - Dance of All the Deities ; Lham Tsomai Ngoecham - The real Dance of the Great Goddess (Pelden Lhamo).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. 28, 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.Content: You may experience playback issues with this item. Trying an alternate quality version (e.g., high, low) may resolve viewing issues.
Physical DescriptionBorn digitalExtent: 1 video file (ca. 30 min.) : sound, color
DescriptionLham Tsom takes place with the four main dancers coming on in the middle of the Mangcham of the previous record. The dance of Lham Tsom is very sacred and is particularly associated with the Thimphu Drubchen. It is also one of the dances that Core of Culture managed to get discrete recordings of when working with the Dratsang following the Tsechu in 2006. See this material for a more in-depth analysis of the dance. This very sacred dance continues in the middle of Mangcham until at 02:21:28 the other dancers return to the centre stage to continue the Mangcham. The four principal Lham Tsom dancers remain on until the end.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19897263Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5418dfe0-f876-0130-a619-3c075448cc4b
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