LEH: The five-day Naropa Festival concluded on Thursday with a grand ‘Chondol Dance’ performed by as many as 299 Ladakhi women attired in traditional costume breaking the Guinness World Records.
“They have broken the record with 299 successful participants. This is a new Guinness World Record title. Congratulations,” official adjudicate from Guinness World Record, Swapnil Dangarikar announced. Dangarikar looks after records in India and South East Asia and has been to various places where a variety of records have happened. “I am very happy to come here and witness this. This will always BE a very special event because it was such a beautiful dance and in such a beautiful setting,” he said claiming this was most beautiful place that he had ever attended.
The festival celebrated 1,000 plus years of legacy of Naropa, an Indian Buddhist Saint-Scholar of the Nalanda Tradition, who is said have embraced a spiritual life at an early age and became Chancellor of Nalanda University. The concluding day of Naropa Festival was chaired by Ambassador P. Stobdan, who is an expert on strategic affairs of Central Asia, in presence of spiritual masters Gyalwa Dokhampa, Khamdak Rinpoche, Thuksras Rinpoche, Palga Rinpoche, Tsamsrul Rinpoche and hundreds monks, nuns and devotees. On the occasion ‘The Himalayan Heroes’ awards were conferred to weatherman Director Meteorological Department Sonam Lotus, Tsering Ladol of Korzok village who scaled the Mount Everest in 2005, a senior Government School Teacher, Master Sonam Lhundup and posthumously to Thangka Painter Tsering Wangdus for their yeoman services in their respective fields.
The evening concluded with renowned Indian playback singer Sonu Nigam performing live musical concerts in tribute to Naropa, along with artistes from Ladakh and the Himalayas at Naro Photang Hemis. Some of the popular Bollywood celebrities including Papon, Kailash Kher, Swaranch Mishra, Akriti Kakar and Aditi Singh Sharma had also performed musical concerts during the 5-day festival.
Earlier, before the festival began, the Eighth Annual Drukpa Council (ADC) was also held at Naro Photang. This was a platform where all masters of Drukpa lineage from all parts of Himalayas and their followers come together to revive some unique aspects of the Drukpa lineage and share over 1,000 years old rich spiritual legacy with the world through the inspiration of teachings, initiations, oral transmissions, panel discussions and talks. At the end of the festival, President Young Drukpa Association (YDA), Rinchen Wachar expressed gratitude to all involved in making the festival a success.
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