LALITPUR, Nov. 5: Nepal’s one of the oldest historical and religious dances the Kartik Naach, concluded on Saturday. The marathon dance performance which lasts for 12 days depicted various depicted stories and mythical characters through their dance.
On the last day of the dance Lord Krishna’s story known as Dadhi Lila was presented through dance.
Kiran Chitrakar, chairman of Kartik Nach Samrakshan Samiti, said the dance performance is always concluded with Chhyama Puja — a puja performed seeking forgiveness for mistakes.
Twelve different kinds of mythical stories were depicted through Kartik Nach this year. Sudama Pyakha, Bath Pyakha, Usha Haran Lil, Jal Sayan, Baraha Awatar, Narsingh Awatar, Bastra Haran Lila and Dadhi Lila were performed this year.
The History of Kartik Naach
Kartik Naach was started by Siddhi Narsingh Malla in 1697 BS during the Malla era, the era which was considered to be the Golden Age of Nepal as art and craft developed vastly during this time.
There are a number of stories behind the legend of this dance festival. Some believe that the dance is performed to give honor to the Hindu deity Kartikeya, while some believe that it was king Siddhi’s love for deities, art, crafts and literature.
It is said that the dance was performed for two days then. But Shree Niwas Malla, Siddhi’s son, added seven more days to the festival in the year 1723 BS and later on Siddhi’s grandson, Yog Narendra Malla added 15 other days to the festival.
The festival saw changes as time passed. Till 2006 BS the festival was organized for 27 days. But as there was a revolution in the country in the year 2007 BS, the festival was limited for two days. The dances of Barahi and Narasimha only were performed. This continued till 2037 BS.
However, after 2038 BS the festival was extended to eight days with the help of different groups of people. In the year 2070 BS, it was performed for 10 days adding various dances that were performed during 2006 BS.
However, in the year 2071 BS the same festival was performed for 12 days adding Usha Haran dance to it. However, this year the dance is limited to 10 days because of the number of auspicious days in the Nepali calendar, earthquake, economical problems.
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