Lieutenant Governor R K Mathur inaugurates Two day Ladakh Nomadic Festival at Korzok Phu, Changthang region of Ladakh | Daily Current Affairs 2021

Lieutenant Governor R K Mathur inaugurates Two day Ladakh Nomadic Festival at Korzok Phu, Changthang region of Ladakh

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Ladakh Nomadic Festival

Ladakh Nomadic Festival: Lieutenant Governor Radha Krishna Mathur recently inaugurated the Two day Ladakh Nomadic Festival at Korzok Phu, Changthang region of Ladakh.

Key Points:

  • The festival was organized by Ladakh Cultural Academy in collaboration with  Ladakh Tourism Department.
  • The main aim of the event was as follows:
  • To bring the Changthang region and its nomadic culture on the tourism maps of Ladakh.
  • For the upliftment of the nomadic regions of Ladakh.
  • Lieutenant Governor urged the Changthang youth to make efforts to save the nomadic culture.
  • He also appealed to take world-renowned Changthang Pashmina for further development and promotion.

About Changthang Pashmina:

  • The Changthang Pashmina is eight times finer than human hair and is mainly used in making shawls.
  • It is one of the costliest fabrics in the world.
  • It is produced only by the Changthangi or Chagra which is a breed of cashmere goat native to the high plateaux of Ladakh in India.
  • These goats are generally domesticated and are reared by nomadic communities called the Changpa in the Changthang regions of Ladakh.
  • The Changthangi goats have revitalized the poor economy of Changthang, Ladakh where the wool production generates more than $8 million a year.

Note: The Changthangi goat breed has been listed on the endangered species list by the National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources.

About The Changpa Tribe:

  • The Changpa or Champa are semi-nomadic Tibetan people found mainly in the Changtang in Ladakh.
  • A smaller number resides in the western regions of the Tibet Autonomous Region and were partially relocated for the establishment of the Changtang Nature Reserve.
  • As of 1989, there were half a million nomads living in the Changtang area.
  • The Changpa of Ladakh is a high-altitude pastoralist, raising mainly yaks and Pashmina goats.
  • The Changpa speak Changskhat, a dialect of Tibetan, and practice Tibetan Buddhism.

Note: As of 2001, the Changpa were classified as a Scheduled Tribe under the Indian government’s reservation program of affirmative action.

About Changthang:

  • Changthang is the land of nomads located in the east of Leh on the Chinese border.
  • Changthang means Eastern Flat Land.
  • The Changtang (alternatively spelled Changthang or Qangtang) is a part of the high altitude Tibetan Plateau in western and northern Tibet extending into southeastern Ladakh, India.
  • It is a cold desert that receives little rain.
  • It is one of the highest plateaus in the world.
  • This area is also known as Rupsho valley.
  • The average altitude of the area is around 14600 m above sea level.
  • The Changtang is home to the Changpa, a nomadic Tibetan tribe.
  • This area is best known for its giant lakes.
  • The two largest settlements within the Tibetan Changtang are Rutog Town the seat of Rutog County and Domar Township the seat of Shuanghu County.
  • Korzok monastery is located on the shore of Lake Tso Moriri in the Changthang region.

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