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  • Appeasing the Gods of Rain

    Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha

    Nepal's monsoon season on display in New York. Festivals have been a part of the Nepali culture since the times they have been inscribed in stone, leaves, barks of trees,and paper. Anyone visiting Nepal, and the Nepalis themselves, are in awe of the number of festivals celebrated, making it

  • Ghintang Ghishi Twaak!


    Gaijatra was started to show a queen that she wasn’t the only one to lose a loved one. Today it continues to help people who have lost their own realize that they are not alone in their grief as well. All my life, I have watched Gaijatra processions from

  • Kumari Puja Women on Top

    Alok Tuladhar

    Kumari Puja literally means worship of the virgin. And that is all there is to it – to the casual onlooker. If one looks deeper, however, one will find a richer and more meaningful significance behind this elaborate festival, to participate in which people have literally broken each other’s bones.

  • What lies below

    Kapil Bisht

    On January 30, the Cultural Studies Group of Nepal (CSGN) organized its first monthly lecture of 2013 at the Shanker Hotel. The topic was alluring: Archaeological work in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. Robin Coningham, Professor of Archaeology at the University of Durham, and Kosh Prasad Acharya, Nepal’s eminent field

  • Art and community

    Aayush Niroula

    A team of artists and non artists in Patan come together to produce beautiful art that is part of their culture and community I always get lost in Patan, can’t make heas or tais of all the roads and gullies that run like lines on an old map. I think

  • A royal heartbreak

    Krita Raut

    If you look for Kathmandu on Google Earth, one historical monument will stand out distinctly. You will see a green patch amidst a chaotic maze of buildings and as you zoom in, the white temple in the middle of the patch gets visible. Ironically, Rani Pokhari, a 17th century monument

  • Transpiring backstage

    Krita Raut

    Gurkul is going through a transformation and its more than about their its new location. Sunil Pokharel is having a déjà vu. “Yet again we are going through the same phase,” he says as the Aarohan Theatre Group workstowards finding a new space for Gurukul. After Gurukul’s contract ended in

  • Revisiting Paubha

    Krita Raut

    A student of traditional Nepali arts produces a fusion of paubha and metal craft that has the art community divided We need to locate ourselves within our culture and history for we are product of our own culture and history.” Dr Dina Bangdel talked about reframing the past at the

  • Why Nepal went unconquered

    Pat Kauba

    Down south in the Tarai is a reason the capital city and the country went unconquered for centuries. A wet slippery mountain road transported me towards the Tarai town of Hetauda. Cresting the last and highest road-pass of Bhimpedi I ascended towards the plains below as lightning blitzed around

  • Sherpa Heritage House

    Niraj Karki

    An ancestral house in Khumjung is set to be a living museum dedicated to the culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa people.  Among the many trekking routes that start from Pokhara, there is one named the Royal Trek – aptly named for it was a route tailored for HRH Prince