Songs and Poetry

When I do pay attention to the literary study of songs, it's this kind of attention to the sonic aspects of lyrics that piques my interest.

Rashmi Rajya Laxmi Shah's poem in her calligraphy

Red, Love, Women, and Revolution

"After Jagat Shah was killed in action during a revolt against King Mahendra's government in 1962, Rashmi Rajya stayed in Calcutta as a political refugee before she committed suicide in full bridal wear a day before Teej of the same year. The poem was penned during that time in memory of her husband."

Experiences informing the Maoist Opera “Returning from the Battlefield”: Photos from Khusiram Pakhrin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcmnCoTMxto "Returning from the Battlefield" is an opera written by the Nepali composer of progressive and revolutionary songs, Khusiram Pakhrin. It was written for a meeting of the leadership of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist during their People's War (1996-2006); this meeting, in 2005, proved decisive in the conclusion of the war. The opera was … Continue reading Experiences informing the Maoist Opera “Returning from the Battlefield”: Photos from Khusiram Pakhrin