Flowers of love in Western Tamang song traditions
- Hybrid event (SOAS and zoom)
About this event
As part of its monthly lecture series on erasure, the international research project Heritage as Placemaking: The Politics of Solidarity and Erasure in South Asia with podcast series Nepal Conversations presents: Flowers of love in Western Tamang song traditions
Tamang are prodigious composers and performers of song, in both their eastern and western traditions. These traditions have been responding to new contexts of Nepali nationalism and Radio Nepal, the ethnic revitalization movements of the 1990s, and globalization and wage outmigration with great creativity and vigor. This presentation looks particularly at the Western Tamang dancing and ripost songs known as Mhendomaya (‘Flowers of love’) to explore both continuity and change in this vibrant song tradition. Examples come from fieldwork in village, national, and international contexts, and from time frames ranging from 1975 to the present.
Heritage as Placemaking (HaP) is a four-year joint research project between SOAS University of London, South Asian University (Delhi), Social Science Baha (Kathmandu), and the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (Germany), funded by the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond from October 2021– September 2025.
Nepal Conversations is a podcast series that invites scholars to discuss their research on various aspects ofNepali society.
Speaker: Kathryn March Professor Emerita Cornell University Department of Anthropology
Location: SOAS BG01 (live lecture)
Or online via Zoom:
Zoom ID: 944 1617 5486