Lepcha Folk Dances

:: Lepcha Folk Dances ::

Through this romantic dance, story of a young boy and a girl in love is conveyed. A group of boys ask a group of girls for their hands for the purpose of marriage and in turn promise them with rich gifts and ornaments. The girls, however, turn down the offer and ask them to approach their parents, instead. This colourful dance is performed with the support of melodious Lepcha songs and musical instruments such as Sanga (drum), Yangjey (string instrument), Cymbal, Yarka, Flute and Tungbuk.

:: Zo-Mal-Lok ::

This famous folk dance of Lepcha community shows normal activities such as sowing, reaping and harvesting of paddy. The old people and young folk alike join hands to sing, dance and indulge in merry making. The graceful movements of male and female dancers become more noticeable with the background of pleasant sounds of seasonal birds. Musical instruments used to support the dance are Tungbuk, Flute, Cymbal, Drum, etc.

:: Chu-Faat ::

Literal meaning of Chu is Snowy Range, while that of Faat is Worship. This group folk dance is performed in the honour of Mount Khangchendzonga, the guardian deity of the Sikkimese people. The dancers while carrying butter lamps and green bamboo leaves perform a ritualistic dance by singing devotional songs.

:: Tendong Lo Rum Faat :: Sikkim Folk Dance

It is based on a famous Lepcha folk lore often retold to the new generation of Lepchas in the form of lyrical poetry. According to the legend, this group dance is performed to save people from the onslaught of mighty, mountainous rivers, First, the Lepchas living on the Tendong Hill in South Sikkim are reported to have offered prayers to the God through this dance. They desired the almighty to save them from the disaster of rising water. As per folklore, God came as a bird and began sprinkling sacred millet beer on water. Soon, the level of water subsided and people heaved a sigh of relief.


:: Kinchum-Chu-Bomsa ::

This famous folk dance vividly describes the natural beauty of Sikkim, or Ney-Mayel-Lyang (a heavenly, hidden paradise) called so, by the Lepchas. The snow covered mountain peaks, green captivating meadows, enchanting valleys, thick vegetation, rivers and water falls, holy lakes and serene monasteries sanctify this land. The young Lepcha boys and girls show their attachment with the land by performing the dance in their colourful attire.



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