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Volume 63 Number 1, September 2011


Nostalgia and Modernity

Edited by:  Deepak Shimkhada

Price:   Rs 2800 (INR) / $68 (USD)
Binding:   Hardcover  
Specifications:   128 pages 128 illustrations  
ISBN:   978-93-80581-08-8  
Dimensions:   305 x 241 mm

    When we speak of the arts of Nepal, we refer to the Kathmandu Valley, rich in art and culture.  This tiny valley was and still is the hub of Nepal where 2,000 years of history has been frozen in time.  Today, Nepal has become and will continue to become a modern nation.  Yet its people and culture continue to evolve – conflating traditional as well as modern features that are uniquely “Nepali” in character.
         Nepal: Nostalgia and Modernity brings together works of scholars from diverse fields to form a unified volume. Their different approaches are deftly married to provide an appreciation of Nepal’s art, culture, and religion.  The style of art called Nepali is primarily produced by the Newars, the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley, who shaped it since medieval times. The volume celebrates various artistic expressions of the Newars and other ethnic groups. 

    Deepak Shimkhada earned his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University and taught courses in Asian religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism at Claremont McKenna College. He retired in 2008, and now teaches courses in Hinduism as an adjunct professor for the School of Religion at Claremont Graduate University. 

    Deepak Shimkhada


    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


    Street Theatre: The Agora where Gods and Humans Meet
    Sangita Rayamajhi

    Tantric Buddhist Dance of Nepal: From the Temple to the Stage and Back
    Miranda Shaw

    Celebrating Shiva at Pashupati
    Tim Ward

    Kumari: Caught between Past and Present
    Deepak Shimkhada