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Atsara Cham, Nabji Drup: First Evening

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Atsara Cham, Nabji Drup: First Evening
Additional title: Dance of the Atsaras
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Bhutan Dance Project, Core of Culture

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2005
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 742
Dance -- Bhutan
Folk dancing -- Bhutan
Dance -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Rites & ceremonies -- Bhutan
Festivals -- Bhutan
Dzongs -- Bhutan -- Trongsa
Trongsa (Bhutan : District)
Ritual and ceremonial dancing -- Bhutan
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Source characteristics: Poor visual quality; very dark.
Content: Nabji Drup, First Day (evening of Dec. 24, 2005): There was a procession of relics during the afternoon which was attended by a few dances, the Beh and the Gomo Zhi. The Drup only started after dark - leading up to the Mewang Fire Ritual. Entry Procession of relics to Nabji Lhakhang: Beh - Martial Dance ; Gomo Zhi - Dance of the Four Kings Atsara Cham - Dance of the Atsaras ; Zhanag Ging Cham (Mewang) - Black Hat [dance] and Ging Dance followed by Fire Ritual.
Venue: Videotaped in performance at the Nabji Lhakang (on raised wall looking at the Lhakang along the right diagonal), in Trongsa, on Dec. 24, 2005.
Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PD
Biographical/historical: The Nabji Drup begins after dark with the entrance of the GAPO-LA - the oldest man - who carries a phallus and engages in lewd banter with the audience.
Physical Description
Born digital
Extent: 1 video file (2 min.) : sound, color
The festival is held in honor of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism in the 8th century and to commemorate the establishment of the Nabji temple.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19806678
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): af1ddec0-e376-0130-6cf4-3c075448cc4b
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Item timeline of events

  • 2005: Created
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Atsara Cham" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2005.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Atsara Cham" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 19, 2020.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (2005). Atsara Cham Retrieved from

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Atsara Cham