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Call for Papers
The National Museum of Bhutan, Paro will be organizing its 7th colloquium on tangible and intangible culture of Bhutan. Interested national scholars are hereby invited to submit abstract of research papers as detailed below:
Topic                                       =  Tangible and Intangible culture of Bhutan – related to
Bhutanese culture
Language                               =  Dzongkha/English
Letter font Size                       =  Dzo.Tsuig/ Jomolhari 24.  Eng. Times New Roman 12
Page                                       =  Minimum 7 pages and no upper limit.
Submission of abstract          = first week of November 2014
Submission of final paper      = Last week of December 2014
Paper presentation Colloquium = February 2015
Photo/Picture                         = Optional
Copyright                                = After submission of the paper, the copyright shall rest
with the National Museum of Bhutan, Paro.
Only Honorarium will be paid as per the existing rule for the research paper.
The research should not have been previously presented/ published in any forum or symposium. These are the previously presented and published by the National Museum of Bhutan, Paro during the last 6 colloquiums:-

 

Proceedings of the 1st Colloquium

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1

Origin & Development of Dzongkha scripts                                      

Dasho Sangay Dorji

2

Stupas of Bhutan                                                                                    

Dasho Sangay Dorji

3

Culture & traditional of Bhutan                                                              

Lopon Jigme Chogyal

4

 A Brief Description of Religious Ingredients        

Lam choechong

5

Brief History of Bhutanese Folk songs                  

Dasho Goenpo Tshering

6

Bhutan in Pre-Historic Times                                                 

Dr. Karma Wangchuk

7

Sources of Ancient  history of Bhutan                                   

Dr. C. T. Dorji

8

Monuments of Bhutan                                                                                      

Dorji Namgyel

9

 Drukpa kagyud school

Dr. Yonten  Dargay

10

The Role of Astrology in local practice of Bhutanese farming                                                                                                                          Dr. Yonten  Dargay

Lyonpo (Dr.)Kinzang Dorji

11

conservation of Cultural Properties (Metal Objects) 

Dorji Wangchuk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceedings of the 2nd  Colloquium

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1

History of Paro Dungtse Lhakhang                                                                                              

Dasho Sangay Dorji

2

Usage of Dorji &Drilbu(Vajra & Ganta)                                                                                     

Lam Choechong

3

Brief Biography of Zhabdrung  ngawang namgyel                                  

Lam Dampa Munjur

4

Cowherd’s  flute                                                                                            

Dasho Karma Ura

5

Protective deities                                                                                          

Lopon Jigme chogyal

6

Evolution of  Dress in Bhutan                                                                     

Shastri ugyen Tenzin

7

Seal of Sixteen ‘IS’                                                                                         

Dr Yonten Dargey

8

Zamling Gyandrug Chognyi                                                                          

Dr. C. T. Dorji

 

 

 

Proceedings of the 3rd Colloquium

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1

History of Paro Rinpung Dzong

Dasho Sangay Dorji

2

The Sacred Places of Punakha Dzong

Lopon Jigme Chogyal

3

A Brief History of Daga Tashiyangtse Dzong

Khenpo Phuntsok Tashi

4

Founding of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong

Dr. Yonten Dargye

5

History of Trashichho Dzong

Lopon Kunzang Tengay

6

An Overview of Bhutanese Traditional Medicine

Dungtso Pema Dorji

7

Lhop: A Survival Through Time

Dr. Jagar Dorji

8

The Importance of the National Museum for Bhutanese Students

Dr. C.T Dorji

9

Archaeological Excavation at Batpalathang

Sangay Dorji

10

Trongsa Dzong

Phuntsho

 

 

 

Proceedings of the 4th Colloquium

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Researcher

1

A Brief Background History of Dogar Dobji Dzong

Dr. C.T. Dorji

2

Conservation of Wall Paints

Dasho Tshewang Gyalpo

3

Founding of the Byakar Yulgyel Dzong in Bumthang: Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance

Ura Gyonpo Tshering

4

Gasa Trashi Thongmon Dzong

Dr. Jagar Dorji

5

History of Haa Valley (Hed Lung Gyu Zhi)

Geshe Tenzin Wangchuk

6

Founding of Zhongar (Mongar) Dzong

Kunzang Thinley

7

The history of Paro Ta Dzong

Dorji Namgyal

8

The Fortress of Trashigang (Auspicous Hill)

Lopon Dung Dorji

9

Zhemgang Dechen Yangtse Dzong: Foundation and Histocial Importance

Dr. Yonten Dargay

10

Conservation of Metal Artifacts

Dorji Wangchuk

11

Simtokha Dzong

Lopon Lungten Gyatsho

12

The Sacred Places of Tango Dzong

Lopon Kunzang Tengay

13

Trongsa Dzong

Khenpo Phuntsok Tashi

14

The Founding of Lhendrup Rinchentse Dzong and consolidation of the Kurto Valley in the 17th century

Dasho Sonam Kinga

15

Trashiyangtse Dzong: History and Its Significance

Singye Namgyel

16

Druk Gyal Dzong: The Two Faces

Lyonpo Thakur Singh Powdyel

 Proceedings of the 5th Colloquium. Volume I

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                     Researcher

1

A  Brief History of Densa Sangchen Chokhor

Lopen Rinzin Wangchuk

2

The Sacred Site of Bumthang Trakar

Ugyen Dorje

3

Conservation of Our Architectural Heritage

Nagtsho Dorji

4

Drametse Nga Cham: The Mask Dance of the Drums from Drametse

Lopon Lungten Gyatsho

5

Narration of the Sacred Place of dzong Drakha in Paro

Khenpo Phuntsok Tashi

6

Masked Dances of Bhutan

Kelzang D. Yeshe

7

Singnificance of Historical Evidence in Architectural Heritage Study on Original Structures of Semtokha Dzong

Junko Mukai

8

The Layap Community: An Existence Untouched by the Winds of Change

Kunzang Tobgay

9

Conservation and Preservation of Manuscripts and Paper

Dorji Wangchuk

10

Nangkar Dok (snang dkar bzlog)

Nidrup Zangpo

11

The History of Taktshang Monastery

Phende Legshed Wangchuk

12

Origin of Woodworking in Trashiyangtse

Geshe Tenzin Wangchuk

13

Establishment of Thegchen dodedrag

Lopon Sangay Dorji

14

Culture, Soul and Substance: Some Personal Reflections

Lyonpo T. S. Powdyel

15

The Need and Importance of Conserving and Preserving Tangible and Intangible Culture of Bhutan

Dr. C.T. Dorji

16

Mani Dangrim: An Endangered Tangible Cultural Heritage

Dorji Namgay

Proceedings of the 5th Colloquium Volume II

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Article

Researcher

1

AcheyLhamo : A Dance of Amazement

LobzangSherab

2

Adaptation in Translating Folktales: A semantic Distortion  Due to Culture Differences

DorjiGyaltshen

3

Arak Culture : An Intangible Cultural Heritage of Bhutan

SingyeNamgyel

4

BjawogKarmoiNyarub : An Annual Celebration

Phurba

5

Self-Help Practices and Institutions in Bhutanese Culture and Tradition

TashiChoden

6

Demise of TangphuGyalpo

Karma Galey

7

Bhutan-Land of Medicine : Its Reason and Meaning

DrungtshoYeshiDorji

8

Durthroe : Eternal and Universal Relevance

Dr. YontenDargye

9

The role and Status of Performing Artists in Traditional Bhutanese Society

Jigme Drukpa

10

The Historical Anecdote of Kheng Nobilities

LhamDorji

11

Lolay : Unique Tradition Associated with New Year

Kinley Gyaltshen

12

Lomba : The New Year in Parop Style

Dr. JagarDorji

13

Origin and Development of Clay Images ( Jim Ku / Sa Ku ) in Bhutan

Dr.Meenakshi Rai

14

Lore of Longchen : Oral Construction of the Exiled Life and Times of KunkhyenLongchenRabjam in Bumthang

DorjiPenjor

15

NyenNyeuThungm – Relations Closer and Shorter : A Perspective on the Bhutanese Kinship System

DashoSonam Kinga

16

History of Origin and Manifestations of Radrap (Rwa Brag pa ), the Local Divinity of WangduePhodrang

TandinDorji

17

Religious Ceremonies (Tshechu) and Bokpi Cham (Mask Dance) at Zobel

SangayDendup

18

Notes on Contributors

 

 

Proceedings of the 6th Colloquium

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Article

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མིའི་གཟུགས་ཁམས་འཚོ་རྟེན་གྱི་རྒྱུ་རྩམ་པ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ།

ཀུན་བཟང་ཕྲིན་ལས།

འབྲུག་གི་ལོ་གསར་ཉིན་ལོག་་ཁྲུས་འབབ་གསུམ་གྱི་དུས་སྟོན་གསལ་བཤད་དཔྱོད་ལྡན་དགྱེས་པའི་དོ་ཤལ།

སངས་རྒྱས་རྡོ་རྗེ།

གངས་རི་དང་མཚོ་ཚུ་རྩ་ཅན་ཨིན་པའི་ཁུངས་གསལ་སྡེ་བརྒྱད་དགའ་བའི་རོལ་དབྱངས།

མགོན་པོ་ཚེ་རིང་།

ཕྱི་ནང་འབྱུང་ཁམས་ཀྱི་འབྲེལ་བ།

ཤེས་རབ་རྒྱལ་མཚན།

འབྲུག་གི་ཡིག་གཟུགས་རིག་རྩལ་རྣམ་བཤད།

གདུང་རྡོ་རྗེ།

འབྲུག་གི་རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ཀྱི་སྲོལ་ཁྱུན་ བཟོ་རིག་བཅུ་གསུམ་གྱི་སླ་ལས་ཤིང་པར་བརྐོ་ནི་དང་དཔར་སྐྲུན་བྱ་རིམ་གྱི་སྐོར།

ཡེ་ཤེས་ལྷུན་གྲུབ།

འབྲུག་གི་ཚེས་བཅུའི་དུས་སྟོན།

མཁན་པོ་ཕུན་ཚོགས་བཀྲིས།

པད་གླིང་ཕག་འཆམ།

ཕྲིན་ལས་རྒྱ་མཚོ།

ལྷུན་རྩེ་མཁོ་མོ་རྒེད་འོག་ནང་གི་གཉེན་སྦྱོར་གདོང་ཟན་རྟེན་འབྲེལ་བརྩི་སྲུང་འབད་ཐངས།

ཨྱོན་བསྟན་འཛིན་སཱསྟྲི།

༡༠

རྟ་ལོ་པའི་གེ་ཟའི་བྱ་རིམ་རྣམ་བཤད།

སངས་རྒྱས་བསྟཔ་འཛིན།

༡༡

སྐྱེས་རྩིས་མ་འོངས་གསལ་བཤད།

དབྱངས་དཀར།

༡༢

མེ་རག་སག་སྟེང་གི་འདས་ཆོག་ལམ་སྲོལ།

དྲོག་ཀྲར་ཡོན་ཏན་དར་རྒྱས།

༡༣

བོན་མཆོད་ལུགས་ཀྱི་གཏམ་ཕྲེང་།

སངས་རྒྱས་དོན་གྲུབ།

༡༤

ཧཱ་པའི་བོང་སྒོ་ལྷ་གསོལ།

ཕན་བདེ་དབང་ཕྱུག

༡༥

སྐྱབས་ཆ་སློབ་གནས་ཁའི་ལྷ་གསོལ་ཐོས་པའི་སྒྲ་དབྱངས།

སེང་གེ་བསམ་གྲུབ།

༡༦

གདོན་བཅོས་རིམ་འགྲོའི་ངོ་སྤྲོད་ལམ་བཟང་།

མཆོད་རྟེན་ཚེ་རིང་།

༡༧

གསོན་འདྲེ་དང་གཤིན་འདྲེའི་ཁུངས་དོན་འོ་མའི་ཉིང་ཁུ།

པདྨ་དོན་གྲུབ།

༡༨

བྱིས་པའི་དཔའ་བོའི་ལོ་རྒྱུས།

འཇིགས་མེད་འོད་ཟེར།

 

 

 

1

The Origin of the Bhutanese Folktales

Dorji Penjor

2

An Introduction to Food ways of Bhutan

Kunzang Choden

3

Lomae Lochhoe

Dorji Namgyel

4

The Role of Bhutanese Women in Family Wellbeing

Tshering Yangden

5

Mangdekha

Dr.Jagar Dorji

6

Bhutanese Textiles

Tshering Uden Penjor

7

Healing through spirituality

Phurpa Wangchuk

 

 

 

For further information, please contact:-
Mr. Singye Samdrup
Sr.Curator
National Museum of Bhutan.
Contact No. 08272544 (o) Mob.17638094
Email: singyesamdrup@yahoo.com

The 14th Special Exhibition on Traditional Tea Kettles

openning ceremonyThe 14th Special Exhibition on Traditional Tea Kettles was inaugurated by Dasho Sonam Kinga, Honorable Chairman of the National Council of Bhutan on 4th April 2014. As envisioned in the vision and mission of the National Museum of Bhutan mounts thematic special exhibition every year as one of the mandates. This year coinciding with the annual Paro Tshechu, the exhibition highlighted the different types of tea kettles found in Bhutan, raw materials used for preparing tea, types of tea and different tea for different occasions etc.

 

 

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Ta-Dzong Renovation

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The much anticipated work of Ta-Dzong Renovation project has taken off with effect from July 1st 2014 under the supervision of structural engineer of Division for Conservation of Heritage Sites. The renovation will not alter the original structure, except in a very rare cases, as in windows which will be replaced by original stone windows.

The preparation of structural drawings and documentation are being carried out by architect of Division for Conservation Of Heritage Sites, on which the Ta-Dzong Conservation Project Management is adhering to and which the drawing has been reviewed and approved by relevant authorities in consultation with the museum management.

It is expected to be completed by December 2016 coinciding with the golden jubilee.

Natural History Gallery

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Natural History Gallery was inaugurated by her Royal Highness Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck on 7th December 2012. Under the auspices of the Danish Government and in technical collaboration of the Natural History Museum, Aarhus, Denmark, the National Museum of Bhutan set up and opened a natural hisotry gallery. The aim and objectives behind the setting up of the gallery are:

  1. As the existing natural history gallery in the Ta-Dzong building has no scope for further expansion, the management felt the need to set up a new natural history
  2. Although, Bhutan has 70 to 80% forest coverage at all times, with the onset of modern development and increasing human population, the natural environ is on the decrease every passing day. So, we felt that one day our youngsters may not have the opportunity to see our flora and fauna. This gallery is intended to educate the youth on the importance of preserving our natural environ for tomorrow’s generation
  3. Thirdly to educate the youth and the visitors at large on the flora and fauna of Bhutan, and importance on which our goverment emphasizes on its preservation