Three days SAARC Cultural festival on folk dance concludes
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.