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Performance and Presentation: Prajwal Ratna Vajracharya

June 23, 2016
Fullerton Hall
Free with museum admission

As part of your experience of Vanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry and Ritual Objects from the Barbara and David Kipper Collection, explore the significance of ornaments in Buddhist iconography through Charaya Nritya dance and music from Nepal with Prajwal Vajracharya, priest of Vajrayana Buddhist lineage and founder of Dance Mandal: Foundation for Sacred Buddhist Arts of Nepal.

Presented in partnership with Mandala South Asian Performing Arts. 

About the Artist:
Prajwal Vajracharya began his training in Charya Nritya at eight years old, receiving formal instruction mainly from his father, the Buddhist scholar and ritual master Ratna Kaji Vajracharya. Prajwal is now the premier teacher, practitioner, and performer of the tradition and is a veteran of several world tours around the globe. His foundation, Dance Mandal, preserves and expands this rare art form. With the survival of this sacred ritual dance threatened by modernization, Prajwal has dedicated his life to bringing this unique Buddhist heritage from the temples of Nepal to the word, while highlighting its original purpose as a profound spiritual practice. 

Dance Mandal, Foundation for Sacred Buddhist Arts of Nepal, established by Prajwal in Kathmandu, is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Charya Nritya and the related traditions of instrumental and vocal music, choreography, and the crafts of making the masks, costumes, and jewelry used in the dances. Since its inception in 1996, Dance Mandal has performed in Asia, Europe and North America. Classes and workshops are also offered on this sacred art form. Now based in Portland, Oregon, Westerners can learn the dance as a spiritual practice as well as a sacred performance art.

Image courtesy of Tom Rossiter.