In News: Ladakhi Shondol dance has created history yet again by breaking into the Guinness book of world records as the largest Ladakhi dance on the occasion of the annual Naropa Festival.

About the Dance and Festival:

  • Shondol is a famous dance, which is performed by artists for the King of Ladakh on special occasions. 
  • Naropa Festival takes place every 12 years in the Tibetan calendar to celebrate the life of Buddhist philosopher and scholar Naropa who lived between 1016 to 1100 CE.
  • The Naropa events bring together the largest assembly of Drukpa masters and include cultural performances by prominent Himalayan artists, representing the greater Drukpa community.
  • Naropa Festival is held at the famous Hemis Monastery, which lies some 40 km from Leh. 
  • It is one of the biggest and most important Buddhist monasteries in the country, and houses relics and texts of grave importance in its precincts.