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  • Fete in Motion
    A Photo story about Korzok Gustor Festival : Monk Dance Celebration in The High Himalayas.
  • For my final few days of Ladakh trip in June-July 2010, I went to Tsomiriri where I witnessed the charming and enticing Korzok festival. The Venue, Korzok Monastery situated at the lakeshore of gorgeously blue Tsomoriri, was made the perfect location. The top view of the lake and the monk dancing the open space was mesmerizing. the festival was attended by a few tourists ( in comparison to the Hemis Festival which is packed, and of higher level) the villagers and the nomads who make the nearby mountains home during the summer.

    The Photos in the essay capture the blurred moments from the festival. The riots of the color from the costumes the monks wear during mask dance and the flow of their slow dance moments was something I wanted to represent in a unique manner. these photos give you a glimpse of the ancient tradition and folk heritage that Gustor is...

    The Photos are shot using Canon 450D and processed in iPad2. here is more about how I made this project -
  • At the end of the festival, a Yalk, a horse, few goats and kyang, are freed and an effigy is burnt which signify the final destruction of the evil forces.

  • The lake Tsomiriri, in changthang region of Ladakh is a high altitude lake in Himalayas with an altitude of 4595m. unlike Tsokar, and Pangong Tso, Tsomiriri is fed by snow peak mountain streams. though a fresh water lake, because of the blockage of the outlets and the polluted water from the village, the lake water has turned brackish and is alkaline.

    Korzok is a small ancient village situated on the western bank of the fresh-water lake. Korzok Monastery is Tibetan Buddist Monastery belonging to Druk Pa lineage. The Monastery is more than 100 years old.  the structure though rebuilt, is still weak.

  • The Korzok or kurzok Gustor festival is annual, local festival held in July-August, which attracts many tourists as well as the villagers and nomads staying around the lake in the mountains. like hemis and other monastery festivals, the korzok festival, also symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
  • The festival lasts two days. On the first day of the festival monks perform the sacred ceremonies inside the monastery.
  • The Mask dance performance infront of the king. the audience are monks, tourists, villagers and nomads.
  • The Traditional Monk dance Step... the right feet lifts up to the enchanting sound of drums and pipes.
  • The Villager watches on as the monk performs the fight scene between the good and the evil.
  • The monks playing the drums and pipes.
  • The enactment of the assasination of the traitor king by the monk padmasambhava.
  • Monks and the Villagers taking the effigy to the lake side.
  • later, coming back to the village, they sing traditional songs and dance in circle outside the monastery.
  • Monk relaxing after the end of the festival in lake view cafe near the Korzok Monastery.