Friday, December 14, 2012

Druk Wangyel Tsechu

The Druk Wangyel Tsechu held at Dochula is a recent introduction. From what I hear, the Tsechu will be held every year on the 13th of December. This is a Tsechu like no other. The dances are completely different from those performed during other Tsechus held around the country.

I like the Tsechu. It is lively, it is colorful and it is outdoors. What I like most are the dresses - the Chamgo. They are beautiful and it is obvious that lot of attention and detailing has gone into their designing. And it is done at a lavish scale - even the dresses worn by the lady dancers are very nice.

What I didn't like is the huge speakers. They looked so ugly. I wish the organizers would hide them behind some blinds made of leaves. And, there is one electric tower jutting out from behind the grounds. I wonder if it is possible to move it further down so that it is not visible close to the Cham grounds. In the middle of so much beauty and color and charm, seeing them intruding on the scene is so ..... heartbreaking.

One among forty odd tourists at the Tsechu

Dasho Karma Ura who I am told choreographed most of the Chams performed during the Tsechu

Dasho Kinley Dorji, Communications Secretary posing with the highland lasses at the Tsechu grounds

I love the Chamgo and the Kira and the Gho. They are simply exquisite! Whoever was behind the Druk Wangyel Tsechu project has certainly done a fantastic job. I am posting the following closeup photos to give you an idea of how beautiful the attire are.


  1. As usual amazing pic's,detailed and storytelling. Soon one might even touch it... Thanxx. C.

  2. wonderful pictures; thank you for sharing...

  3. YD

    Thanx for the pictures saw few of those in some magazine and was craving for more.Totally agree with the exquisiteness of the whole show.


  4. i am a fan of Druk Wangyel Tshechu..and love reading you blog..the pictures are always reading your pictures..tons of thanks and appreciation!!

  5. From what i know, a poor fellow from URA (Dasho Karma's village) choreographed the chams and the guy returned home without name forget fame, what can fame and name be, he had reached his home with only 500 in his pocket......

    I know! the chamgos are colorful why not because one piece of tego cost 800 USD (i was told by one of those involved) and so many such pieces were trashed for not meeting the often changed design of Dasho Col Karma.....