The Lakhe dance is one of the most highly requested NDS dances for programs and productions. It is performed during the Indra Jatra festival in the Kathmandu Valley at the end of the monsoon season. As the king of the demons, he serves to protect the residents of the city from evil spirits and misfortune.

The Lakhe, who has wild yak hair and wears a brightly colored mask, searches for hidden demons, his bells jingly loudly as he makes his way through the streets, moving spontaneously to the music of cymbals and drums. This is a traditional Newar Buddhist dance, rarely seen outside of Nepal.

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