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नेपाली पत्रकारहरू कृपया पहिले यहि हेर्नुहोला

मैले लोक संस्कृति पत्रिकालाई दिएको अन्तरवार्ता १) तपाँईले नेपाली भाषा कसरी सिक्नु भयो? सान २००० (२०५७) मा, अमेरिकन विद्यार्थीहरू नेपालमा पढ्ने कार्यक्रममा आएँ। त्यस कार्यक्रममा हामीलाई दिनको ४ घन्ता नेपाली सिकायो, साथमा नेपालको अन्य विषयहरू। अनि अन्तिममा एक महिनाको अनुसन्धान गर्नु पर्यो, र मैले शास्त्रिया संगीतको बारेमा अनुसन्धान गरेँ। यो ४ महिनाको बसाईमा मैले धेरै… Continue reading नेपाली पत्रकारहरू कृपया पहिले यहि हेर्नुहोला

Rashmi Rajya Laxmi Shah's poem in her calligraphy
People's Songs Nepal, Photo Essay, Revolutionary Love, translation

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."

People's Songs Nepal, translation

Ralpha: An Overview (translation)

Who were Ralpha? Nepal's original leftist cultural group, they began as a politically neutral artists' collective interested in nihilism and existentialism (and surrealism, as Manjul points out in the 1988 memoir The Footsteps of Memory). As I begin writing a new book on political performance, love, and friendship among Nepal's political left, Ralpha are the… Continue reading Ralpha: An Overview (translation)

Honors, People's Songs Nepal

Fulbright, CAORC NEH, and a Sabbatical Project

I'm thrilled that I've been awarded two fellowships, a Fulbright Scholar Award and the CAORC NEH Senior Fellowship, to work on my new book project, on Nepali progressive song. 2018-2019 will be a sabbatical year of research and writing in Nepal. I'm looking forward to seeing old friends and new, and working on this project (more… Continue reading Fulbright, CAORC NEH, and a Sabbatical Project


East-West Center Talk: Music in Bhutan: Himalayan Connections

Thanks to all who came to my talk today on "Music in Bhutan: Himalayan Connections." The link below contains my presentation with all the links to musical examples; they should work from the PDF, or you may copy them into your browser. Bhutan Music Here are some further resources: Ter Ellingson, Mandala of Sound: Concepts… Continue reading East-West Center Talk: Music in Bhutan: Himalayan Connections

Dohori, People's Songs Nepal

Kauda Chudka in Gorkha District

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

Dohori, Publications - Books

My book, Singing Across Divides, available for pre-order

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