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Traditional Ballet:

Kumari - Living Goddess
The KUMARI dance is one of the most ancient classical dances of the kingdom of Nepal. During the famous "Indra Jatra" festive in Kathmandu, the living goddess Kumari decorated with splendid ornaments and been taken around the old Kathmandu in a chariot. And thousands of devotees pay homage to her, including the King of Nepal and the members of royal family.

According to chronological evidence, king Gunakama Dev established Kantipur (Kathmandu City) nearly one thousand year ago. During the reign of King Amar Malla, a religious dance-drama of Swetakali Nritya" was performed every twelve years in different localities of the Kathmandu Valley. The story of the ballet is based on the dance-drama of Swetakali, the white robed goddess of Naradevi tole of Kathmandu while its music is derived from various classical and popular folk songs of Nepal. In ancient time when matriarchy was prevalent in Kathmandu, the city was protected seven mother goddesses called Swetakali, Raktakali, Bhadrakali, Kankeswari etc. The temples of these goddesses where located along the border of city and they are represented as kahadga or sacred sword. Once during that time, when the demons suddenly attacked the city and destroyed the lives and property of the people. The goddesses, unable to fight them off, had to flee and hide themselves. The ballet begins here while searching for the goddesses, the king of demons Chandrasur, known also as Mayurasur comes to a garden where he finds the daughter of Swetakali was busy decorating herself. They exchanged glances and falls in love with each other. When the mother goddesses knows about their love and relationship, they becomes furious and reprimands the daughter. After discussions, they made a plan to use the daughter to kill Chandrasur. They show the daughter the pain and havoc caused by Chandrasur, she decides to follow her mother's advice. Finally stabs her lover to death while he is dancing with her in ecstasy. The entire country rejoices at the victory. Then the daughter of Swetakali makes her love immortal by deciding to remain unmarried for life and thus becomes the goddess "Kumari". It is the myth behind the tradition of Kumari, the living Goddess of Kathmandu.

DEVI-DAITYA SANGRAM (The War of Goddess and Demon):
This is dramatic dance form, here the hand some brave demon sees a beautiful girl and immediately falls in love with her. Then he proposes to marry her, but she answers that she will only accept one who can defeat her in a battle. The egoist demon gets very angry and tries to catch her. But it is not possible. They start battling. The demon sees her in every where as the furious. Goddess kali and collapses on the ground with fear. Then the goddess, one who is the universal power stands on him.

CHANDALIKA (The Story About Buddhist Religious):
This dance is based on the ancient Buddhist scriptures. An untouchable girl named Chandalika goes as usual to the stream to fetch water. After washing herself she is intercepted by a very thirsty monk named Ananda who asks her for water. But she hesitates to give him water to drink because as she confesses him that she is an untouchable girl. On hearing such reply the monk says that man does not become touchable with his social passions, but only by his attitude and action. After hearing this Chandalika gives water to the monk, who goes away giving a profusion of blessing to the girl. Chandalika in her joy returns home dancing.                                             

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