Saturday, December 4, 2010

kagyad dance


Kagyed  is a Buddhist festival held in parts of northern India particularly Sikkim. The mask dance performance is a part of the annual harvest festival called Lossong. The Kagyed dance is performed on the 28th and 29th day of the 10th month of the Tibetan Calendar which usually falls in early December.
The Kagyed dance symbolizes destruction of the evil forces by burning effigies made of wood, flour, and paper. Practitioners also pray for peace and prosperity for every Sikimmese home.
 Buddhists monks sport a mask while taking part in the Kagyad dance. Costumed Lamas with gaily painted masks, ceremonial swords and sparkling jewels, leap and swing to the rhythm of resounding drums, trumpeting of horns and chanting of monks. Kagyad chaam is the one of the four forms of masked dances in the state.Although the dance is very serious in nature, jesters perform in between to provide comic relief.

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