'Karthik Nach ' Festivals in Nepal.
Posted On: November 30, 2020 12:17 pm
While the autumn chill is deepens and while life in and around the City is slowly moving towards rest, the courtyards around Mangalbazaar, Patan begin to glow with thousands of people to watch the array of dances during the 10-day Kartik Naach.
The desperate wait to see the dancers in their colorful attires and props goes on increasing when varieties of musical instruments are played by a group of musicians at the Kartik Dabali. People in search of the best place to get a good view of the dance are seen moving all around the courtyards. As the volunteers come carrying an oil container and some cotton wicks, one knows one’s wait is over — the show is about to start.
The show starts and there are dancers in colorful attires depicting varieties of Hindu gods and goddesses — Barahi, Ganesh, Shiva, Krishna among many others. Garlands of different sizes are worn by the dancers which steal the immediate attention of the onlookers. Kartik Naach was started by Siddhi Narsingh Malla in 1697 BS during the Malla era.
This era 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. However, Kiran Chitrakar, Chairman of Kartik Naach Samrakshan Samiti, opined that the dance is named as Kartik Naach as it is performed during the month of Kartik (Oct – Nov).
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