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Traditional Nepalese Folk Dances
TAMANG SELO: Tamang community performs this dance in the hilly areas. They are like Sherpas and are quite brave. By tradition they are also good fighters and hard worker specially was popular as woodcutter. This dance is performed in accompaniment of the playing of a hand drum named Damphu with a team of boys and girls.

SHYABRU: In the language of the Sherpa people who live in the high Himalayan slopes of northern Nepal, 'Shyabru' means feet and 'ru' means movement on rhythm, so the dance Shyabru menas 'rhythmic feet'. The Sherpas are brave, intrepid people, known world over as superb mountaineers. They live and face unimaginable hardship with courage and a smile.

DHIME: Jyapu community from the Newar community of Kathmandu and Jyapu are famous as well as hard worker for agriculture product. During the festival time either special function of them, Jyapu peoples are dancing with the music of Dhimey also this Jyapu communities are popular as well as dancer of Nepal. So Dhimey dance is typical dance belong to Jyapu community of Kathmandu valley, which is performed during the festival, and after they reap the good harvest.

SORATHI: The meaning of Sorathee is the number of sixteen beautiful queens. Long time ago, it was small small stare it is in the Himalayas. One of King "JYAISHANGE" from east country and once of queen "Himaiti" from west: among from the one state were took sixteen another queens for dancing and enjoying including the Hyamaiti queen. This dance is mostly performed in a large group. This is a very popular folk dance of Gurung as well as Magar community of Nepal.

BHOJPURI: Nepal is a very small country although her is much different diversity living in same community original from the District of southern part of Bhopure (Yarai) situated in the far eastern development region of Nepal called BHOJPURI have their own culture, language and tradition. This dance is very popular on southernmost part of Nepal. It is similar with the Indian culture of northern part.

CHUTKA: Gurung and Magars are very popular for brave and fighters as well as Gorkaha's Soldiers worldwide. These peoples are entirely interested for internment frequently in there community. During there internment they do dance and singing also this dance is performed during the different festive occasion in the western pars of Nepal where boys and girls and dance in pairs.

JHANKRI (Witch Doctor): Jhankri means the doctor pf witch. During the bygone days when there were no medical facilities in the county, the sick people used to be taken to the Witch Doctor to get cured. Even nowadays in the remote village of Nepal this practice is still prevailing. One can see in this dace how witch doctor cures a patient.

DHIMAL: The Fisherman community (called in Nepalese word "MAJHI") is popular as well as a name of DHIMAL live in Terai Part of Eastern Nepal. There profession is fishing always. Specially in a rainy day, before going to fishing, these people would like to enjoy with a drink and dace also singing because of there happens although Dhimal communities celebration there special Festival "PARBA" during the month of April, in this festival they Do DHIMAL DANCE.

TAPPA: This dance is popular among the Gurung community in the Rapti zone in Nepal, especially in the Dang district. The daces starts in a slow key and the tempo gets faster and faster towards the end. It is based in the rhythm or beating of the hand drum, popularly known as pappa, and hence the name of the dace is Tappa.

JHIJHIYA: Maithila, once ruled by the illustrious philosopher King Janak during the prehistoric period, a rich heritage of folk daces is what is known as a 'Jhijhiya Naach' It is the dance participated by a group of young women. It is performed during the great festival of Bijaya Dasami. On their head the performing women carry lanterns (pots made by clay) with several holes and diyos (candles lit with mustard oil) inside, thus allowing light to come out through the holes. On the lantern is a dhakan (a cover made of clay) with fire burning and dried dung cakes. Women purposely dance slowly with lanterns on their heads so that the holes can be counted. This dance said to be influenced by the Tantrik cult and performed mainly to protect people from evil spirits.

KHYALI: The khyali dance has district folk flacon. Its mood is one of fun & gaiety as the world 'Khyali' suggest. In this dace the young people indulge happy banter and romance. It is not unusual for a young man to win his bridge at such song and dance contest he can take girl as his wife.

DEHATI: This is a very popular dace of Maithali people living in the hot flat land of the southern part of Nepal. Dehats literally means the 'village of Plains', which are popularly known as the 'tarai'. This dance is especially noted for the movements of the body and facial expressions. It is the romantic dace of spring and autumn festival when the young people attempt to attract each other.

JHYAURE: Based on love theme, it is very popular amongst the young boys and girls in the western hilly part of Nepal. Jhyaure songs and dances are the media of entertainment in the hilly regions of Nepal. This dance is very free and not restricted to any time but even during the rice-plating season it may be seen. The girls will sing the Jhyaure song and boys reply in the same manner. It is very joyful song and is a ritualized love theme.

JHUMRA: The Jhumra is based on a Sanskrit text, the Geet Govinda. The dance is peculiar to the Tharu community, a tribe living in al hot, plain belt of Nepal in the southeast and southwest of the kingdom. This dace is performed on special festival occasion like Bada Dashain, which is the most important of all Nepalese festivals. This dance has several local variations such as, the Jhumri, Jhumra, Dhumar and Dhumra.

KOWRAA: This dance is performed by the Magars, a community which inhabit the mid-hills of Nepal. The dance is woven around the ever-perennial theme of love. It is performed in a spirit of gay
abandonment, harmony and joy.

JHANGAR: This dance is very popular in the Terai region of Nepal. This dance is preformed in a large group of Jhangar communities. Especially I a day of full moon of August, these peoples are singing and dancing for the celebration of completed the work in the filed organize in full moon day.

CHANCHAR: People from the Tharu community are living in the Terai of western part of Nepal. These people are mostly living out of civilize with there own tradition. So this dance is popular in Tharu community, they performing Chanchar dance devoted of Lord God Krishna.

CHYABRUNG: Rai, Limbu also very popular for brave and fighters as well as Gorkha's Soldiers worldwide and these peoples living in the Northern part of Eastern Nepal. Young boys and girls during the different festive of occasion of Rai, Limbu, mostly they perform Chyambrung dance, which is popular.

RATAULI ( RODI): This dance is performed in a Rodighar. It is a short of club house, where young boys and girls of Gurung community gather in the evening and have fun with their dances and singing. If they fall in love between girls and boys each other, they get married too. This was very popular of mid-western Nepal. Gradually this is eradicated at present.

TYAKULI: This dance is performed in the marriage ceremony. In this dance you will see how the young boys and girls enjoy during the marriage ceremony with music of tyamko (like a drum) in the remote region of Nepal.

KHUKURI DANCE: Khukuri is the famous weapon, which the Gorkhali (Gorkha Soldiers) have become very famous in every battle field. In this dance the dancer shows the skills of using the Khukuri (Gorkha Knife) which is used in killing the enemies. Gorkha Soldiers are great popular for winnings Victoria Cross medal in II world war by the using of Khukuri.

ARATI DANCE: The meaning of Arati is a kind of special presented praying which shown by oil lamp before start the program that called " Arati" in Hinduism. Once upon a time in the golden age, this dance is dedicated to "Nataraj". According to the Hindu's Philosophy (Shiva Puran), the meaning of Nataraj is period of dancing by Lord God "SHIVA". Therefore in Hindu's Culture people want to present first Arati with the dance of Natraj before start the program. In this dace light will be put off and dancer will come with candle light in their hand.

YAK DANCE: Yak is a popular mountain carrier in the mountainous regions of Nepal. In this dance, a Yak boy and Yak is shown. Yak is a very lovable animal; people drink its milk, get lots of cheese and also make use of transportation of goods . This is the only animal, which can carry loads in high altitudes.

YETI DANCE: Yeti means Snow man. According to the analyses history of snowman, nobody can see the particular snowman although specialist finds some of yeti's foot signals in the Himalayas and as the signal of Yeti's foots, we believe our expectations snowman, which we will appear front of you.

Himalayan International Cultural Association


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Himalayan International Cultural Association
A non- government organization and non-profit making organization been formed by a team of music enthusiasts to develop the local cultural heritage of Nepal since 2000.
The target of the association is to establish more chapters in major cities of Nepal to promote and preserve Nepalese cultures of various ethnic groups.
At present, there are 84 members from 4 cultural groups and expected to have gradual increment. We are interested to participate in the International Folklore Festivals to have an cultural exchanges between every nations. At the same time, we are organizing an International Folk dance festival during April 10 - 17, 2006.

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Dance Schools in Nepal, Dancewear Suppliers, Dancing Organizations

Everest Nepal Cultural Group
G. P. O. Box 11732 NP-Lazimpat, Kathmandu Nepal
(977)142.19.99;Fax(977)144.13.04  ;
EVEREST CULTURAL CENTER, under the Authorized Registration Act of His Majesty's Government of Nepal, feels that an International Folk Festival would help to expose Nepal more to the outer world.

Himalayan International Cultural Association
GPO Box 7109, Narayangopal Road, Maharajgunj, KMC#3
Kathmandu, NEPAL
Tel: +977 1 2150059, +977 1 4720244
Fax: +977 14720244
Mobile: +977 9851021314


Ram Chandra Koirala
G. P. O. Box 13676 NP-Lazimpat, Kathmandu Nepal
Tel. (977)144.219.99;(977)144.413.04;
Program and Presentation in own country and abroad, several times. Direction and provide Training and Conserve of Nepalese Folk Dance, Sing, Traditional Music Instrument etc. We perform any where.
Jayanti Koirala
G. P. O. Box 13676 NP-NP-Lazimpat, Kathmandu Nepal
Folk Dance Choreographer
Nirmal Shrestha
679 Budhhanilkantha Road, Pink House, Bansbari NP-4431 Kathmandu Nepal
Mobile(977)985.102.1314/98510 65307
President Shahrazad-Catharina Huisman
Anil Adhikari
G.P.O.Box : 7725 NP-Kathmandu, Nepal Nepal
977-01-4431567; 4431550
Sujan Singh Dangol
Box 3409 B.G. Plaza, Lazimpat (Nursery Lane) NP-Kathmandu Nepal
Tel. (977)141.5280, Fax (977)142.8778
Ensemble, traditional classical dance and folk dance of Nepal
Gobinda Singh Dangol
Box 3409 B.G. Plaza, Lazimpat (Nursery Lane) NP-Kathmandu Nepal
Tel. (977)141.5280, Fax (977)142.8778
Organizer, traditional classical dance and folk dance of Nepal
Santosh Sharma
Post Box No. 20182 Np-kathmandu Nepal
Tel: 9771-4228309/2003670 Fax: 9771-4229425
Non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of formal education in dance and music.
Kaiser Mahal

Kantipath NP-Kathmandu Nepal
Tel. (977)418.782; Fax (977)1.412.460
Cultural Corporation (Sanskritik Sansthan)
Rastriya Nachghar, Jamal NP-Kathmandu Nepal
Cultural Preservation Council (Sanskritik Sambardhan Parishad)
Anamnagar, Post Box 1115 NP-Kathmandu Nepal
Music and Dance School (Sadhana Kala Kendra)
NP-Kathmandu Nepal
Nepal National Commission for UNESCO
Ministry of Education; Keshar Mahal, Kantipath NP- Kathmandu Nepal
Tel. (977)418.782; Fax (977)1.412.460
National organization
Royal Nepal Academy (Nepal Rajakiya Pragya Pratisthan)
Kamaladi NP-Kathmandu Nepal
Shaphalya Amatya
Singha Durbas NP-Kathmandu Nepal
Badri Khanal
G.P.O. Box 7736 NP-Kathmandu Nepal
Tel. 977/1/221 391; Fax 977/1/434407 & 225 898
Manik Lama
P.O. Box 2919 NP-34 Kathmandu Nepal
Folk festival organizer
Sunil Pokharel
G.P.O. Box 7736 NP-Kathmandu Nepal
Tel. 977/1/221 391; Fax 977/1/434407 & 225 898
Nirmal Sherestha
House#2719, , Narayangopal Road, Maharajgunj NP-7109 Kathmandu GPO Nepal
Tel. +97714720244, FAX +97714720244 
President, Our organization consists of different activies like Typical local Nepalese dances of various tribles and communities, Composers, Musicians and dancers.
Manish Shrestha
G.P.O. Box 7736 NP-Kathmandu Nepal
Tel. 977/1/221 391; Fax 977/1/434407 & 225 898
Abhi Subedi
GPO Box 7736 NP-Kathmandu Nepal
Tel. 977 1 221391; Fax 977 1 434407, 225898


Traditional & Mask Dances of Nepal: - Himalayan International Cultural Association

Manjushree is the oldest bodhi of the Bodhisattvas and his worship confers on the devotee wisdom, retentive memory, intelligence and eloquence. He is the patron of those who preach the Dharma. in Nepal. According to the Buddhist legends it is Manjushree who came from Mahachina, worshipped the self existence flame at the age of the lake which covered the valley, and then drained the valley by cutting through the ridge at its rim with his flaming sword thus making the valley fit for human habitation. The famous Swayambhu Maha Chitya marks the place of the self resistant flame on to the west of the Chaitya is an important shrine of Manjushree.

According to the Buddhist tantric tradition, there are four Yoginis (tantric goddesses) in the Kathmandu Valley. Bajrayogini, one of the ancient classical dances of Nepal. The goddess, Bajrayogini is depicted as greatly pleased with her devotees for their prayers and thereupon showering blessings on them. The particular importance of the dances are the symbolic movements of hands and fingers skillfully timed with the general body movements and the facial expressions. The dance demonstrates a beautiful blend of enraged feelings and peaceful emotion, with the suggestions at the same time a strong sense of the protection and preservation. It is performed particularly in the Buddhist temples on special occasions through the rituals.

The worship of the female principal was introduced into Buddhism in the form of deity Tara. She is believed to wipe out fear and lead people across the ocean of sorrow.

The Pancha Buddha (five Buddha's) shows five transcendental Buddhism. According to Vajrayana teaching, original consciousness, usually symbolized by Vajrasattva or Vajradhara, is radiated into these five Buddha's:Vairochana {"The Brilliant one") Akshobhya ( "The unshakable"), Ratnasambhava (" The matrix of the jewel"), Amitabha ("The infinite light"), and The Amoghasiddhi ( The infallible realization). Each has their particular pose, color and direction. Four of them are situated at the prime points if the stupa with the fifth Vairochana considered to reside in the center. Never the less they are not conceived as separate deities, but as the five constituents of personality (Skanda), which reside in each man.

This is one of the classical dances of Nepal, popular in the Kathmandu Valley where it has originated. As the name implies, it is a form of the god Shiva and Kali, his companion, the goddess Durga. It is believed that the creation of the universe is is the cosmic union of Bhairab and Kali. Therefore, Bhairab is the father and Kali, the mother of the universe. The responsibility of protecting the universe goes to Bhairav and Kali.

Its one of the most popular masked dances of the Newar community which is based on the religious legend from a Hindu Puran Called 'Mahakali Mahalaxmi'. According to this legend, the three goddess Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Kumari (three of the eight deities which protects the eight directions of Kathmandu Valley and have different ghost followers. These mother goddesses were practiced by Eight four sidhhas to gain mystic power) came down to heaven to overcome the demons that spread great misery and hardship among human beings. So the almighty Goddesses waged a great war with demons and defeated them, thus stabilizing peace and order on the earth. This dance shows the great joy and happiness after the great victory over the demons.

This is a traditional mask dance of Kathmandu valley, which is performed during the festival of Indra Jatra. During those old times, lots of children were killed by a type of Devil. After consultation with the Astrologist (Jhankri) the solution to control over the Devil for protection of the children. Finally, they found out the right solution that is, called LAKHE (similar to Devil), order to Lakhe to kill the Devil immediately. After those children all are safe. From that onwards original people from Kathmandu ( The Newar community) celebration this Lakhe festival with a dance program in every year at July- August during the festival of Indra Jatra. Indra means the king of Heaven and the Jatra means the special function. To get the success from the Devil, these dances organized in a period of
Indra Jatra.

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