In May 2007, this celebration of kauda chudka song and dance, in Lower Gyaja village of Manakamana VDC in Gorkha district, helped me understand how Nepal's urban dohori restaurants were trying to create a rural festival atmosphere. It also led me to question strict separation between political songs and "regular" folk songs. The song posted … Continue reading Kauda Chudka in Gorkha District
I'm so excited that my project of the past decade will finally appear in print! It has truly been a labor of love. You can pre-order by clicking the link below, and it's supposed to be available on October 2, 2017. Singing Across Divides: Music and Intimate Politics in Nepal Here's the summary: "An ethnographic … Continue reading My book, Singing Across Divides, available for pre-order
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
A translation of Tulsi Pravas's article about me (original linked to here), which is a condensed version of the speech he gave to introduce me at the Ali Miya Prize ceremony. Anna: American with a Nepali Heart Tulsi Pravas Pokhara, 26 February 2016 Samadhan News Equally dedicated not only to research on Nepali folk and … Continue reading Anna: American with a Nepali Heart
I received the Ali Miya Prize from the Ali Miya Folklore Academy (Ali Miya Lok Wangmaya Pratisthan) on February 27th, 2016 in Pokhara, Nepal. The Rastriya Sanchar Samiti wrote this piece in English that was taken up by the Kathmandu Post, Himalayan Times, and other English dailies in Nepal as well as websites featuring Nepali news … Continue reading Press from the Ali Miya Prize
I am incredibly honored to announce that I will be receiving the 2016 Ali Miya Prize, on February 27, in Pokhara, Nepal. This prize is given yearly to individuals who have made notable contributions to folklore in Nepal, including folk music and folk literature. Previous recipients include Hari Devi Koirala and Prem Raja Mahat, among … Continue reading I’m being awarded the Ali Miya Prize!
Nepali Folk Music from the Mountains, Hills, and Plains Ram Kumar Singh (bansuri flute, madal drum) Anna Stirr (bansuri flute, madal drum, vocals) Saturday, January 30, 2016 12:00-1:00 pm Library front lobby Ram Kumar Singh, bansuri Improvised solo in the Nepali folk tradition Ram Kumar Singh, bansuri Anna Stirr, madal Harvest song from the Dhimal … Continue reading Nepalese Music at Hawaii State Library Jan 30 2016
In Kaudi, Gorkha district, villagers made shelters to wait out the monsoon, until they would be able to rebuild their houses. Photo Essay Readying to Rebuild by Anna Stirr on Exposure https://annastirr.exposure.co/readying-to-rebuild?embed=true
My article on CNN: "In Nepal, lift spirits through music." Nirmal Singh and Ram Singh contributed stories and thoughts. To contribute to earthquake relief, please see options for donation at the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies website, or the Society for Nepalese in Hawaii.
Here's a video from the rehearsals for the East-West Center concerts on April 18th and 19th. It's a Facebook video so you have to click on the link. But you'll be glad you did! https://www.facebook.com/EastWestCenter.org/videos/10152907793941312/?permPage=1