Art & Culture

Name Designation Mobile (M)
Sonam Tsering i/c District Art & Culture Officer 8729884130

Name of Artform/Dance:

Sl.No name of Artform/Dance Brief Introduction on Artform
1. Yak Dance The Beauty and the Background of the yak Dance holds a great epic story which is essential for every youths of the region to understand and value the importance. The Story of Three Brothers which eventually gave rise to the formation of yak Dance to Pacify the emotions gone through by one of the Brothers known as THOIPA GALI is the expression inculated through Yak Dance. Yak Dance bagged first prize as the best Tableau among 22 other participants in the year 2017, during 68th Republic Day at Rajnath, New Delhi.
2. Aji Lhamu Dance Aji lhamo is the one of the most prominent folk dance forms practiced by the Monpa Tribe of Tawang. It is basically the Tibetan version of the Hindu Epic Ramayana. There are mainly five characters in this Dance Drama. Nyapa is the Central character and Nyao is the Rival character. lhamu and Lhum are two females character and Gyeli is another character. The characters have mythological origin. Lhamu is a fairy from heaven, who came to Earth and later became the queen of Gyeli. This Dance form also portraits the Grand Ceremony of the Wedding of King Chhoegey Norzang and Lhamu. This Dance form is performed during the Losar Festival.
3. Snow Lion Dance A form of Lion Dance found in the Tibetan areas is called the Snow Lion Dance or Senggeh Garcham. The name Seng ge and its related forms come from Sanskrit Sinha, and Cham or Garcham is a Buddhist ritual Dance. The Snow Lion Dance may be performed as a secular Dance or as a ritual Dance performed by Bon Po Monks.
4. Mask Making Wood Carving is a Tradition with the Monpas of Arunachal Pradesh. Traditional wooden figure are depicted as main subject by the Tribes. The main Raw meterials used are wood. The Monpas occupy significant place in this art and they carve magnificent Masks for ceremonial dances and pantomimes.
5. Thangka Painting A Thangka is a complicated,composite Three Dimensional object consisting of : a picture panel which is painted or embroidered, a textile mounting; and one or more of the following; a silk cover, leather corners, wooden Dowels at the Top and the Bottom and Metal or Wooden decorative Knobs on the Bottom Dowel.
6. Monastic Dance The Religious Dance (Cham) form an important part of the relegious rituals of the Monpa people. During the Torgya Festival, the Dances are performed with great sanctity and spiritual quest, by the Selected Monks of the Tawang Monastery as a part of the Torgya rituals which go on for three days. Before going in the details about the actual Cham, a mention of the outfits of the dancers needs to be made. The most important object of the dancer’s attire is the Mask(Bak). The Mask are carved out of wood and are painted in different colors.  They are often double the size of a Human Face. The Costumes used in the Cham are mostly made of brocade and silk. The outfit of a dancer representing deity of a higher rank usually consists of a gown(Phodka) with long, broad sleeves and a poncho-like tippet (stod le). Some Dncers wears a circular breast-plate called Melong bearing in its center, the ‘seed’ syllable (Sa Bon) of the deity, which the dancer personifies. The weapons and other objects which the dancers carry  in their handsare the characteristic attributes which buddhist iconography assigns to a particular God or Goddess. The common objects carried by the dancers in their hands are the Skull cup (bandha), damaru, vajra(dorjee), dagger(Phurpa), Sword(Raldri), club in the shape of a mummified corpse(Thodthrom), Bell(Drill Bu) or a Flag.

Centre Government Schemes:

Sl.No Name of Schemes Financial Assistance
1. National Culture Exchange Programme Sponsored by NEZCC

Sponsored by Sangeet Natak Acadamy (SNA)

Sponsored by Lalit Kala Academy (LKA)

Sponsored by Indira Gandhi Centre for Performing Arts (IGCPA)

2. Guru Shisya Parampara NEZCC
3. Young Talent art Awards NEZCC
4. Documentation on Vanishing Artforms NEZCC
5. Financial Assistance for Preservation and Development of Culture Heritage of Himalayas Ministry of Culture, Govt of India

Staff Position:

  1. District Art and Culture Officer – Nil.
  2. Assistant Art and Culture office – 01.
  3. L.D.C- 01.
  4. Unskilled Contigency – 01.