In a move preserving the traditional dance, various Nepali stakeholders have raised serious concerns over lack of required support for Kartik Naach, the dance they claim as the world’s longest dance festival.
The stakeholders opined that this traditional Nepali dance is facing tough time in getting needed financial and other resource support.
They are of the view that the country’s valuable traditions of this kind might have to be stopped if the state fails to offer the needed support.
The 27-day long Kartik Naach festival has been shortened to 12 days because of the budget crunch, says Kiran Chitrakar, President of the Kartik Naach Conservation Committee.
According to him, around Rs 500,000 budget is required for running the festival for 12 days and around Rs 1.5 million to run it fully for 27 days as per the tradition.
The festival required around 120 artistes including the musicians for performing the dance shows for 12 days and it would be around 300 persons for 27 days.
Whereas, the new artistes participating in the festival will need a prior learning of at least 3-4 months, he added.
Kartik Naach derived its name from the Nepali month of Kartik (October-November) and is performed during this auspicious month at the Kartik Dabali, a traditional stage in Patan Durbar Square, the World Heritage Site, of Lalitpur.
This traditional dance started during the reign of King Siddhi Narsingh Malla in the medieval period around 377 years back, and is believed to be performed for the welfare of the country and its people.