Folk dances and songs are an ingrained part of Sikkimese culture. Most of the tribal dances related to the amazing beauty of the natural surroundings, some signifies the harvest season and others are performed for prosperity. Many of the musical instruments that accompany the dances are unique to Sikkim. Almost all the dances are accompanied by the musical instruments. Some of the popular dances are described below :
The Music and Dances of Sikkim
The Dances accompanied with Songs and Music
It is dedicated to this day - a day of thanks giving to all Gods and
deities of the three worlds, Heaven, Earth and Hell. This age old folk dance
is performed regularly by the young and old folk alike in their traditional
customs and ornaments accompanied by the pleasing song and music on the
occasion like warming and New Year celebrations. It is a Bhutia folk dance.
It is a song cum dance which describes all about the treasures of Sikkim
like Mount Khangchendzonga and the snow covered Himalayan ranges,
rhododendrons and primulas, holy places, caves ad minerals. It is a Tribal
It is a popular Bhutia folk dance performed in praise of Sikkim by young
and old folks. This dance is a regular feature in every happy occasion when
Bhutias express reverence to great teachers and sacred places of worship.
It is a typical Bhutia fold dance performed in praise, by both male and
female to the accompaniment of devotional hymns and song of the multi
purpose majestic bamboos, describing its use.
It is typical Sikkimese dance performed during the happy occasions like
childbirth, marriage and other social gatherings, offer paying their sincere
thanks to the god for his blessings.
Be Yu Mista
It is a popular Bhutia folk dance performed in praise of Sikkim by group of
males and females with pleasing songs and prayers.
It is a dance depicting the Bhutia custom of offering scarves, performed by
boys and girls.
Sikkim's famous mask dances provide a spectacle, perhaps nowhere to be
experienced in the entire world. Performed by lamas in the 'Gompa' courtyard
to celebrate religious festivals, dances demonstrate perfect footwork and
grace. Costumed lamas with gaily painted masks, ceremonial swords and
sparkling jewels leap and swing to the rhythm of resounding drums,
trumpeting of horns and chanting of monks. It is the annual puja celebrated
with religious masked dances on the 18th and 19th days of the 11th month of
the Tibetan Buddhist Calendar corresponding to the month of December -
It is performed on the 28th and 29th day of the 10th month of the Tibetan
Calendar, around December. This Tribal dance is performed symbolizing the
destruction of the evil forces and hoping for peace and prosperity to
flourish in every Sikkimese home. The dancers of this are extremely popular
Chaam are always monks who are accompanied liturgical music and chanting.
The solemn nature of the dance is interspersed with comic relief provided by
the jesters. Kagyed dances enact various themes from the Buddhist mythology
and culminate with the burning of effigies made of flour, wood and paper.
It is the most important chaam (religious masked dance) performed on the
10th day of the 5th month of the Tibetan calendar, corresponding to the
month of June. It presents eight manifestations of the Guru Rimpoche. This
is highly colorful and spectacular and draws many pilgrim and visitors.
It is religious festival dance performed on the month of February - 2 days prior to Losar.