Folk Heritage museum will be organizing an event in coordination with RAPA and Tourism Council of Bhutan dedicating this event to the 60th birthday of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo as well as to the president and the founder of the Folk Heritage Museum Gyalyuem Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.The Folk Heritage Museum will be showcasing the traditional songs along with ceremonial dance of four regions on April 18th 2015.
The Folk Heritage Museum will also have other regional non ceremonial dances which are Merak saktens Dance, Layap Dance, Lingzhi Dance, Doyap Dance, Musical display where in live demonstrations of the instrument will be showcased and finally the Dance of the Four Friends(Chaam).Another addition to the item will include live demonstration in the Museum such as Traditional Mustard oil making process,Traditional alcohol making process(Ara Keyni),An older member of society chanting prayers on the prayer wheel, Roasting of rice(Zaw Ngomi),A lady will be demonstrating on the hand grinding mill, Burning incense in the hearth for burning incense and Live weaving.
The curatorial team will be there to explain the diversity and the significance of the origin of the songs and early methods of people showcasing the skills of our rural people of the past centuries. These rural artisans were skilled based on necessities and these skills were passed on to the next generations who might make modifications based on new requirements. It will also showcase the ability of transforming resources those which were available during that time to ease the drudgery of work, thus reaching out to the community at large.
Program initiation by the Folk Heritage Museum
This programme will be initiated by the Folk Heritage Museum under the strict guidance and support from the Royal Academy of Performing Arts. Additional information on the new item which is zhey will be thoroughly explained since the significance of the dance item is religiously connected to the well being of the people. Zhey was a unique ceremonial dance performed by the village men in the early years.Zhey is a particular category of song and dance performance in which individuals are cultivating threefold knowledge –that of body, mind and speech.
Spiritual aspect of the program
These spiritual inspirations culminate with auspicious prayers said for the benefit of all beings. It is said by just watching the zhey performance one can cleanse a lifetimes worth of sin. Its performance is said to have additional benefits to society in the form of peace and prosperity. The audience as well as the performers themselves also benefit through the dance performed by cultivating a mind filled with equanimity and it is believed that their present lives will have success in their every endeavour.These dances has the capability to inherent blessings to instantly liberate the people from the sufferings of endless rebirth and are only performed during special celebrations.
Historically, each region has its own distinctive zhey that carries a special name. The Museum will be showcasing the ceremonial dance of gasa (Goenzhey), ceremonial dance of Thimphu (wangzhey), ceremonial dance of paro (wochupaizhey)and the ceremonial dance of trongsa(nubizhey). The Live Demonstrations has been seen as a very effective tool to change mindset of the community while exchanging and also accepting the other cultures thus broadening the thinking pattern of the people and opening the gates for opportunities to use the Museum as a platform for live demonstrations of these invaluable cultural heritage sites.
Culture and heritage sites have always been an underlying factor in the promotion of tourism in the country thus generating a wide source of information about the Concept of heritage as well as benefiting a wide range of communities along with it. Many Nations have suddenly realized that, despite their museums and art galleries which portray a self explanation in the form of captions which are being showcased only as a readable source of information is not enough to educate the people about the past culture. The folk Heritage Museum wants to incorporate a knowledge which will be practically demonstrated along with documentaries to complement the live demonstrations.
The Folk Heritage Museum does not concentrate on the development for its own sake by development we mean development that aims primarily touching all areas of community which includes the local as well as international community. The promotion of Bhutanese culture is also vital aspect into complementing tourism sector.