Berkor Cham, Punakha Drubchen: Day Three, Final DayAdditional title: Circumambulatory Procession
NamesCore of Culture (Organization) (Producer)Core of Culture (Organization) (Donor)
Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2005
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 765
TopicsDance -- BhutanFolk dancing -- BhutanDance -- Religious aspects -- BuddhismRites & ceremonies -- BhutanProcessions -- BhutanDzongs -- Bhutan -- Punakha (District)Punakha (Bhutan : District)Festivals -- BhutanRitual and ceremonial dancing -- BhutanProcessional dances -- BhutanMusical instruments -- Bhutan
GenresFilmed danceFilmed performances
NotesBiographical/historical: The Punakha Drubchen is one of the most sacred festivals in Bhutan. This Drubchen is dedicated to Yeshey Goenpo (Mahakala) one of the three Protector Deities of Bhutan. The first two days of the Drubchen see dances taking place inside the Dukang Shrine amongst monks, witnessed only by elected officials of the Government and VIP guests. Whilst Core of Culture were allowed to witness these highly-protected rituals and the sacred dances that accompany them, filming was not allowed. The dances of the third and final day take place before the public, outside, in the main courtyard of the Dzong.Content: Programme for the Punakha Drubchen: Day Three (Feb. 15, 2005). Outside in the Dzong Courtyard before the Public: Shinjey Yab Yum (2 dancers), Mangcham (32 dancers).Venue: Videotaped in performance at the Main Courtyard, Punakha Dzong (ground level), on Feb. 15, 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 Dec. 17, 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. 23 min.) : sound, color
DescriptionThe day begins with a procession - around the entire arena - on specially laid red carpets - for the entire group of officials and monks beating large drums. The procession proceeds up the temple steps and inside. The kor of berkor is the same word that describes any circumabulation - as in Chorten Kora or Gom Kora.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19825553Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ec039b30-e7ef-0130-52d1-3c075448cc4b
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