The Zhanak (ཞྭ་ནག་) or Black Hat dance is one of the most popular sacred dances without masks. Named after the black hats which the dancers wear, the dance has a deep spiritual significance and is performed as an act of religious ritual and practice. The dancers are dressed in long silk robes which are tied around the hip from within using a special prop so that the robe whirls smoothly and elegantly. This dance symbolises the celebration of successful liberation and subjugation of evil, and the victory of good over evil.
Title: Zhanag Chham
Exhibited In: Healing with Happiness
Price: Price on Request
Artwork Code: HWH106
Born 2001, From Thimphu
I was a self-taught artist until I joined VAST Bhutan where I gained a wider perspective of art. This enabled me to explore various other dimensions, mediums and techniques. At VAST Bhutan I learned the concept of ‘teamwork’ as an important tool in life. Meeting, working and engaging in conversations with different individuals and perceptions concerning art enhanced my own skills. I learned that the knowledge of self-expression is a must-have tool for every individual.
This series of paintings depict the various dances performed at religious festivals- Tshechu, which are still widely attended and an important community event in Bhutan. The dances derive from Buddhist teachings, and are rich with meaning and symbolism.