(Last Updated on : 12/07/2017)
The Folk dances of Sikkim are traditional and extremely exciting. Most of the Folk Dances
relate to the beauty of the natural surroundings, some describe the harvest season while others are performed for good luck and prosperity. Some of the popular dances
are described as follows. Sikkim
is a land of different tribes
and races of people together. These diverse tribes and communities
have exclusive features in adding to their characteristic dance forms
and technique forms.
Different Folk Dances of Sikkim
The folk dances of Sikkim celebrate the harvest and the wealth period in Sikkim. These folk dances are accompanied by singing, traditional musical instruments
and the traditional masks
with bright costumes
. Following are the Different Folk Dances of Sikkim:
: This form of dance is enjoyed by every age group in their traditional dresses and ornaments. On the events like house-warming and New Year celebrations, this dance is presented in the company of pleasing songs and music
. Lu Khangthamo is a Bhutia
folk dance that is famous to thank all the Gods
and deities of the three worlds.
: This beautiful dance is presented on marriage
s. Maruni dancers
wear multi-coloured costumes and heavy ornaments. Maruni dancers are usually focused by a clown known as 'Dhatu Waray'. Maruni is one of the most well-liked and the oldest dance of the Nepalese.
: It is generally organized on events like childbirth, marriage and other social assemblies. Rechungma is a kind of Sikkims dance that is presented to illustrate gratitude towards God for his continued consents.
: The dance includes composite footwork that is tuned with the hits of Chyap-Brung. This dance has only rhythmic music.
: Mask Dance is the famous dance of Sikkim. The Mask
dance is divided into different types, Enchey Chaam, Rumtek Chaam and Gouthor Chaam.
Yak Chaam and Singhi Chaam
: Both of these dances are the Tibetan forms of dance. Yak Chaam is a tribute to an animal
and Singhi Chaam is an essential dance form, which is connected to the five peaks of Mount kanchenjunga
shaping an image of snow lion
: The dance is presented with the melodious tunes of 'Damphoo' which is a musical instrument that the dancers take in their hands. Tamang Selo is a Nepali form of dance that portrays the 'Tamangs' community of the Nepalese.
: Chu faat is considered as the oldest folk dance of Sikkim that belongs to the Lepcha
group. The presentation of the dance is held according to the Tibetan calendar, which is 15th day of 7th month. The dancers dance on a lot of devotional songs and also carry green bamboo
leaves and improved lamps in their hands throughout their performance.
Gha to Kito
: This Bhutia folk dance form is accompanied by songs which explain the state of Sikkim and its beauty.
: This is a well-liked dance form presented in the entire happiest event in the family. This Bhutia folk dance is performed for praising the state of Sikkim.
Be Yu Mista
: This is a well-liked Bhutia folk dance performed in Sikkim admiring its natural magnificence.
: This dance represents the ruin of evil
over good and the look forward to peace and affluence in Sikkim. The dancers are well-liked Chaam and the dance is accompanied by music and singing. This dance form is performed by the monks in the 28th and 29th day of the 10th month of the Tibetan calendar.
: This dance form is a heroism warrior dance form which is performed in an honour of the ritual of giving religious touch to soldiers sent for battle
: The Sikmari dance is mainly a youth dance where all the youth of the state assemble to present the dances that reveal the beauty of nature and the power of love.