Music Histories of the Kathmandu Valley: performance and the archive

Key information

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The British Museum
Asia Study Room

About this event


This one day international workshop examines the sources for developing musical histories of early modern Nepal and the Kathmandu Valley, from instruments and performance practices to administrative documents and paintings. Admission is free and no registration is required.

13:00 Introduction
13:15 Richard Widdess – Musical ensembles at a royal ritual, Kathmandu 1664
13:45 Makoto Kitada – The Cacā, or Buddhist esoteric songs: text and practice in Nepal
14:15 Gert-Matthias Wegner – Kettledrums of Bhaktapur
14:45 Break
15:15 Astrid Zotter – Musicians on Record: Samples from Administrative Documents from 19th-century Nepal
15:45 Richard Williams – Songs between Banaras and Bhaktapur: musical circulation in Hindi and Maithili sources
16:15 Break
16:30 Round Table
17:00 Finish

The event is free to attend.

Organiser: Dr Richard David Williams

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Contact Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4390