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Chugo Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
The Royal Academy, His Majesty's Secretariat, PO Box 1261, Pangbisa, Paro 12001, Bhutan
The Academy promotes the performance of indigenous music and dance. Dance and music are of two types - Zhungdra (classical form) and Boedra (court form); instrumental performance is offered on drangyen (lute), piwang (fiddle), lim (flute) and yang chin (dulcimer), all of them used to accompany traditional dances. There is also a teacher training centre.
The Academy was founded in 1954 to preserve and promote Bhutanese performing arts, including traditional instrumental music, songs, dramas, mask and folk music and dance, both the Zhungdra (classical form) and Boedra (court form). The Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs has the task of managing all types of cultural activities in the country, and the Royal Academy of Performing Arts comes under its supervision.