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Chamchen, Peling Champa Meeting [Wide shot]
Additional title: Black Hat Dance (aka The Great Dance ) (Tamzhing version)
Additional title: Zhanag Cham
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Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2007
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 1013A
Dance -- Bhutan
Folk dancing -- Bhutan
Dance -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Rites & ceremonies -- Bhutan
Dzongs -- Bhutan -- Trongsa (District)
Trongsa (Bhutan : District)
Festivals -- Bhutan
Ritual and ceremonial dancing -- Bhutan
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Additional physical form: For close shot version, see: *MGZIDF 1013B.
Biographical/historical: This was the first time that a general meeting of the various groups belonging to a single tradition had ever been held in Bhutan. Held at the request of Core of Culture Dance Preservation, the Meeting took place at Yungdrung Choeling Dzong - the seat of the mummified remains of Pema Lingpa himself - and hence a very auspicious venue.
Content: Programme for the Peling Champa Meeting: Yungdrung Choeling Dzong, Second Day (May 17, 2007): Phag-cham by a lay dancer Yungdrung Choeling ; Peling Ju-ging by monk dancers from Tamzhing, Bumthang ; Peling Nga Cham by laymen dancers from Tamzhing, Bumthang ; Cham-chen (One of the most sacred dances of the Peling tradition). Demonstrated by the Umzey Tsultrim Lhoday from Tamzhing Monastery, Bumthang ; Zhungdra (folk dance) by ladies from Yungdrung Choeling, Trongsa ; Lunch Break ; Durdag by monk dancers from Yungdrung Choeling, Trongsa ; Peling Dri-ging by monk dancers from Tamzhing, Bumthang ; Peling Nga Ging by monk dancers from Tamzhing, Bumthang.
Performers: Performed by the Umzey of Tamzhing Lakhang.
Venue: Videotaped in performance at the Yungdrung Choeling Dzong, in Trongsa, Bhutan (lower balcony looking along the diagonal dexter), on May 17, 2007.
Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PD
Physical Description
Born digital
Extent: 1 video file (34 min.) : sound, color
This is a dance enacting the subjugation of Langdarma by Llhalung Pel-Ki Dorji and was said to be unique to the Monastery of Nyimalung. In fact Tamzhing Monastery in Bumthang also has a version of Chamchen - of which we filmed demonstration steps. Lam Seten (the head monk at Tamzhing and originally from Tibet) said that this dance had been taken to Nyimalung from Tibet, by his great Uncle. This was a special demonstration performance of Cham Chen in front of the other Peling Champa groups by Lopoen Tsultrim Lhoday of Tamzhing, one of the only monks to know the steps for this dance in the country.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19945055
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a82cf410-0821-0131-1692-3c075448cc4b
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  • 2007: Created
  • 2013: Digitized
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Chamchen" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2007.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Chamchen" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 4, 2023.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (2007). Chamchen Retrieved from

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