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Bhutan Song and Dance (The Kennedy Center)

Bhutan Song and Dance

Dancers and musicians from Bhutan's Royal Academy of Performing Arts (RAPA) and the central monastic community based in Thimphu perform a range of traditional and ritual dance and music direct from the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.  Bhutan's historical evolution has resulted in cultural traditions which came to be the breeding ground for unique customs, manners, language, modes of dress, arts, and different types of dances and folk music. The cultural heritage of Bhutan has been enriched by sacred or religious masked dances, folk dances and music, and a wealth of oral traditions.   RAPA was founded in 1954 at the command of His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (Bhutan's Third King), and works to study, preserve, and promote Bhutan's rich performing arts traditions.   Presently, the Royal Academy of Performing Arts imparts training on masked dance, folk dance, and traditional music, both in theory and practical instruction for the artists.

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Bhutan Song and Dance 7/5/08: Bhutan Song and Dance

“Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon” comprises Bhutanese religious festivals and traditional dances. The dramatic, masked dances date back to the 16th century. Part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, this year celebrating Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon; 50 years of NASA; and the music, food, and wine of Texas.

Bhutan Song and Dance

“Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon” comprises Bhutanese religious festivals and traditional dances. The dramatic, masked dances date back to the 16th century. Part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, this year celebrating Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon; 50 years of NASA; and the music, food, and wine of Texas.

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