Three days SAARC Cul­tural fes­ti­val on folk dance concludes

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

Athree days fes­ti­val to fa­mil­iar­ize the cul­ture and tra­di­tion of South Asia As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­gional Co­op­er­a­tion (SAARC) mem­ber coun­tries and for the ex­change of in­tan­gi­ble cul­ture fo­cus­ing on folk dance of South Asia, the theme SAARC Cul­tural fes­ti­val on folk dance, which was or­ga­nized by the SAARC Cul­tural Cen­tre, Sri Lanka in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Depart­ment of Cul­ture un­der the Min­istry of Home and Cul­tural Af­fairs ended last Fri­day in Thim­phu.

The min­is­ter of Home and Cul­tural Af­fairs, Ly­onpo Dam­cho Dorji said dur­ing the open­ing ses­sion of the fes­ti­val re­marked that folk­lore and folk dances are the tra­di­tional life of the peo­ple of a cer­tain com­mu­nity or coun­try or re­gion of the past that have been trans­mit­ted from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion.

“This is an im­por­tant part of cul­ture which tells true ex­pres­sion of the cul­ture of the peo­ple, en­abling to trace their cul­tur­ally, SAARC re­gion is di­verse with mul­ti­ple races, living styles, habits and reli­gion” said the Min­ster. In this man­ner, its folk­lore and folk dances too are rich and di­verse in­flu­enced by many fac­tors in each coun­try, he added.

He fur­ther added that, di­ver­si­ties, unique­ness and exquisite­ness of dif­fer­ent spec­trums of folk dances of our re­gion can only be ex­pe­ri­enced and ap­pre­ci­ated through show­cas­ing in a com­mon fo­rum like this. Such fo­rum brings to­gether the peo­ples of our re­gion in an ex­change of art that has no bar­ri­ers, and is an ex­tra­or­di­nary op­por­tu­nity to know more about each other and learn from dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences to pro­mote cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion and devel­op­ment.

The Sec­re­tary for the Min­istry of Home and Cul­tural Af­fairs, Tsh­er­ing Dorji said that it is very im­por­tant to in­ter­act and ex­change of di­verse her­itage of folk dance, folk song folk­tale, folk­lore and folk mu­sic.

He added that all sev­ered to pick the tra­di­tion by peo­ple of a cer­tain com­mu­nity, coun­try of fu­ture of the past that has been passed to present gen­er­a­tion.

While the min­is­ter said that Bhutan is rich in folk tra­di­tions and has a va­ri­ety of hu­moris­tic folk­tales, nu­mer­ous folk­songs and dances. Some folk­songs are purely vo­cal while oth­ers are ac­com­pa­nied by chore­og­ra­phy. Some dances are so­cial whereas oth­ers are re­li­gious and aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sions like tshechu.

The min­is­ter in­formed the im­por­tance of our folk­songs and dances and said that in Bhutanese cul­ture, folk­song and dances are not merely modes of en­ter­tain­ment, but have a mes­sage to in­struct the com­mon peo­ple at two dif­fer­ent lev­els. He said that the first one is by virtue of merely singing and danc­ing, a con­se­quently bring­ing joy and hap­pi­ness; it is be­lieved that one would be re­born in the realm of the gods. Se­condly songs and dances, like mask dances, are hymns and forms of of­fer­ing to the gods.

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