Many thanks to Mason Brown for his lovely and detailed review of Singing Across Divides in the journal Himalaya! Himalaya is now available open access from the University of Edinburgh, so this review is available online along with many excellent articles and photo essays.
My team and I are delighted to announce that we've been awarded an NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant for the project, Nepali Folk Performance: The Works of Subi Shah.
The Record asked for an article on Teej and Komal Oli, and I was happy to oblige. The article, Nachna Jaana Paam, can be found in its entirety on The Record's website, with more photos and video links. The gist: "Song words are important, and so is the dancing that the songs inspire. It can… Continue reading Nachna Jaana Paam: Thoughts on Komal Oli’s Teej Songs and Dancing
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
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!