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Nepal: Nostalgia and Modernity

Deepak Shimkhada (Ed.)

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ISBN 10: 9380581084 / ISBN 13: 9789380581088
Published by Marg Publications, 2011
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Nepal: Nostalgia and Modernity examines a variety of artistic and cultural expressions of the Kathmandu Valley by bringing together a group of scholars from diverse fields. The confluence of such scholars with different approaches is crucial in bridging the gaps created by looking at Nepal`s art narrowly. By highlighting various expressions of art manifested through painting, sculpture, architecture, dance, and even drama, issues of nostalgia and modernity are juxtaposed to examine the art of Nepal from new viewpoints. The style of art we call Nepali is produced by the Newars, the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley, who shaped it from ancient to modern times. The present volume celebrates various artistic expressions of the Newars as well as other ethnic groups that have contributed to the rich cultural heritage of the country. Various traditions, including the Kumari cult and street theater are llustrated along with contemporary art and architecture. Contents: Part I: Architecture and Visual Arts; Architecture: The Quest for Nepaleseness- Niels Gutschow; In Pursuit of Modernity: The Revival of Classicism in Nepali Architecture- Katharina Weiler; Living Traditions: Aquatic Architecture and Imagery in the Kathmandu Valley- Julia A.B. Hegewald; Traditional Religious Painting in Modern Nepal: Seeing the Gods with New Eyes- Ian Alsop; Contemporary Nepali Art: Narratives of Modernity and Visuality- Dina Bangdel; Re-imagining the Universe: Neo-Tantra in Nepal- Katherine Anne Harper; The Potters of Thimi: Village Ceramic Traditions in Flux- Ani Kasten. Part II: Religious Festivals and Performances; Street Theatre: Where the Agora of Gods and Humans Meet- Sangita Rayamajhi; Tantric Buddhist Dance of Nepal: From the Temple to the Stage and Back- Miranda Shaw; Celebrating Siva at Pashupati- Tim Ward; Kumari: Caught Between Past and Present Printed Pages: 128. Bookseller Inventory # 34537

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Title: Nepal: Nostalgia and Modernity

Publisher: Marg Publications

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: First edition.

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Nostalgia and Modernity examines a variety of artistic and cultural expressions of the Kathmandu Valley by bringing together a group of scholars from diverse fields. The confluence of such scholars with different approaches is crucial in bridging the gaps created by looking at Nepal's art narrowly. By highlighting various expressions of art manifested through painting, sculpture, architecture, dance, and even drama, issues of nostalgia and modernity are juxtaposed to examine the art of Nepal from new viewpoints.
The style of art we call Nepali is produced by the Newars, the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley, who shaped it from ancient to modern times. The present volume celebrates various artistic expressions of the Newars as well as other ethnic groups that have contributed to the rich cultural heritage of the country. Various traditions, including the Kumari cult and street theater are illustrated along with contemporary art and architecture.

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