"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."
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!