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Drel Cham, Thangbi Mani, Day One: Chamjug, Rehearsal [Wide shot]

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Drel Cham, Thangbi Mani, Day One: Chamjug, Rehearsal [Wide shot]
Additional title: Wrathful Dance
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Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2005
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 721A
Dance -- Bhutan
Folk dancing -- Bhutan
Dance -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Rites & ceremonies -- Bhutan
Masks -- Bhutan
Festivals -- Bhutan
Dzongs -- Bhutan -- Bumthang (District)
Bumthang (Bhutan : District)
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Performers: There are only eight dancers who perform all the dances during the three days of the entire festival.
Biographical/historical: Thangbi Mewang is held for four days, from the 13th to the 16th days of the 8th Bhutanese month.
Content: Thangbi Mani (Day One, Sept. 17, 2005 - Chamjug Rehearsal): Drel Cham - Wrathful Dance ; Zhauli Cham (Nyulemai Cham) - The Dance of the Evil Spirit ; Gonbo Bernag Ter Cham (Ging Cham) - Treasure Dance of the Black-Coated Mahakala ; Jin Sek - Fire Ritual ; Shazam - Dance of the Four Stags.
Biographical/historical: The Chamjug started in the evening - and took place almost entirely without any lights. We therefore didn't use lights to illuminate the arena - as this would have been invasive. The resulting picture quality was very low however, with the exception of some of the scenes during the Jin Sek - Ritual Fire Dance.
Venue: Videotaped in performance at the front courtyard of the Thangbi Lhakhang/Lhendrup Chhoeling Monastery (raised platform outside the courtyard - giving an angled view down across the other diagonal to Camera C - facing due west), in Bumthang, on Sept. 17, 2005.
Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PD
Biographical/historical: The Thangbi festival held at Thangbi Lhakhang was founded in 1470 by the fourth Zhamarpa of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism. Located in the north of Choekkhor valley, it takes about 30 minutes walk from the road through the fields of buckwheat to reach the Temple. A small village festival held annually after the harvest of Potato and buckwheat to be thankful for the good harvest. It is also the time to celebrate and to pray that all sentient beings are blessed by invoking the deities through the ritual dances that are performed.
Biographical/historical: The fourth Zhamar Rinpoche of the Karmapa School came to Bumthang from Tibet in the 15th Century in order to establish a monastery and in 1470 he founded Thangbi Lhakhang, located in the middle of a wide fertile plateau overlooking the river. Following a quarrel with Pema Lingpa, Zhamar Rinpoche had to leave Thangbi. The iron curtain hanging in the entrance is said to have been forged by Pema Lingpa himself, who took over the monastery.
Physical Description
Born digital
Extent: 1 video file (ca. 14 min.) : sound, color
The festival starts in the evening and in the dark. Very little light at all - made more complicated by the odd strip light - and the fact of a rainy evening making the ground wet and reflective.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19797749
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 8395bdb0-8292-0130-34a8-3c075448cc4b
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  • 2005: Created
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Drel Cham" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2005.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Drel Cham" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 14, 2021.

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