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Dashawatara

Tableau depicting ten incarnations of Lord Bishnu


Dashawatara is actually an act or a shot of an act. It takes place on the platform of Laxmi Narayan ( Bishnu and his consort)Temple.
Of the ten incarnations of Bishnu, one scene of each incarnation is shown. All the roles in that scene are present in their right make up. The show goes on for a period of Indra Jatra (about seven days).


Reasons for selection

Dashawatara where ten incarnations of Lord Bishnu are exhibited is the reminder of an earlier dance forms which no longer exist. It is nearing extinction.


Area where performed

Laxmi Narayan Temple in front of Hanuman Dhokha Palace.


Essential elements of the performing art

Theatre


Detailed explanation

Indra Jatra festival, when this tableau is enacted, falls in the month of August-September.

Lord Krishna is Bishnu himself. Bishnu had taken ten major incarnations to save the earth and the residents. (Actually the tenth of the avatara is yet to take place that is Kalki ).

This Dashawatara tableau is actually an act or a shot of an act. This takes place on the platform of Laxmi Narayan ( Bishnu and his consort)Temple. The lighting is provided by torches that use the dust of junipero as oil. The players dress up and make up as the original players of a certain incarnation. Each shot goes on for about ten minutes. The actors change and reappear after a respectable interval impersonating as another player of another show.


Publication and textual documentation

not yet available


Audio documentation

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Visual documentation

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Institution/organisation involved in preservation and promotion

HMS/ Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and Department of Archaeology provide annual grants to organisers.


Data provider

Mr. Shrikrishna Gautam
Special Secretary
HMS/Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture
Address: Tripuresevar Kathmandu, Nepal