Vintage Himalayan jewelry is in a class by itself. It has flourished in land-locked societies, in middle hill villages, on steep and stark plateaus, on the Earth’s highest peaks, and in green and fertile flatland. It has been traded and bartered, passed down and upcycled. Craftsmanship skills are passed from generation to generation, but this… Continue reading The Gau: Portable Sacred Space of the Himalayas
We had the pleasure of presenting a new group of students with their International Dance Council memberships last month. Each of these motivated young dancers is a candidate pursuing their Certification in Dance Studies for the year 2021 with Utpalasia. The Conseil International de la Danse (also known as CID) is an official partner of… Continue reading Utpalasia Celebrates Newest CID Members
Since March of 2020 Utpalasia has been supporting our students and continuing both classes and workshops online. There have been challenges, to be sure, but we have engineered new found energy into our sessions to keep our dancers motivated and pursuing their passion in exciting ways. A large part of our ability to do that… Continue reading Redefining Dance in the Age of COVID
We are immensely saddened by the passing last week in Nepal of honored mentor and beloved teacher, Laxmi Nath Shrestha (1949 – 2020). I had the privilege and honor of studying with Laxmi ji at the University of Heidelberg (SAI Institute). His unique instruction of the Nepali language, often interspersed with cultural anecdotes, was engaging… Continue reading In Memoriam: Laxmi Nath Shrestha
No time like the present to learn, practice, demonstrate, and share your love of dance! UNESCO’s CID is offering the opportunity of uploading your event for free tomorrow in honor of International Dance Day. So get up, get moving, and pass along some happiness by sharing your favorite style with the world. To catch some… Continue reading International Dance Day
For almost 2,000 years, the Daphne Cannabina, also known as “lokta”, has been prized as the source for handmade paper in Nepal. It grows at an elevation of 2000 to 3500 meters in the understory of forests. The bush, which is an evergreen shrub and a subspecies of laurel, grows wildly and in abundance. Amazingly,… Continue reading The Magic of Lokta
Tihar is a five day festival celebrated in Nepal. The first day is dedicated to the crow (or kaag) who is seen as the messenger of death. The second day focuses on the dog (or kukur). Dogs are believed to lead the souls of the dead to the underworld. They are also honored as trusted… Continue reading Nepal’s Tihar in a Nutshell
It’s holiday time again in Nepal! Navaratri has begun and people are on the move to rejoin their families and friends for the largest Hindu festival of the year. Bus tickets have sold out and local bazaars are jammed with enthusiastic holiday shoppers looking for traditional gifts of clothing and accessories for their loved ones.… Continue reading Dashain Aayo!
Bring the family for an incredible day of fun, food, and entertainment as the University of Mary Washington presents its 2019 Multicultural Festival, rain or shine. Shop with hundreds of vendors from around the world, watch diverse music performances, eat delicious specialties, and participate in free workshops for all ages. Kids have a dedicated activity… Continue reading Multicultural Festival 2019
Spring is a wonderful time to get motivated, energized, and ready to hit the outdoors and the warmer weather. Bring the family and enjoy performances and workshops in Kathak, Bollywood, and Himalayan folk dance at one of our many events. Next up – UMW’s Multicultural Festival on April 13. Mark your calendars now!