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We Love Yaks!! Yak Drive to Mountain Pastures with Mountaineer Legend Reinhold Messner on June 28

Come join this awesome event as mountaineer legend, #ReinholdMessner, leads a #yak drive to mountain pastures in #Sulden (Solda) in South Tyrol, Italy on June 28. Groups can meet up at the cable car in Sulden and enjoy this free event, which also features a mountain talk followed by an autograph signing for guests of the MMM (#MessnerMountainMuseum) at Ortles (with admission). For more info on the six Messner Museums, visit http://www.messner-mountain-museum.it/en/

 

International Dance Day 2018

Happy International Dance Day for all those who find a special meaning in space, energy, motion, and creative thought! Whatever your style, whatever your beat, dance is the language that brings people together! In 1982 the International Dance Council established Dance Day (CID at UNESCO) and April 29 has been celebrated ever since by professionals and amateurs hoping to bring the beauty and excitement of this art to audiences through classic and original forward-thinking performances. Whether you love dancing around the house or entertaining on stage, dance is the ultimate expression and fusion of body and soul!

 

UMW Multicultural Festival 2018

Mark the date on your calendar – April 14, 2018 – for the next University of Mary Washington Multicultural Festival to celebrate the richness of diversity. Utpalasia will be performing a varied cultural program of Buddhist, Classical Kathak, Bollywood, and Folk dance on the promenade of Lee Hall between 2:15 and 2:45pm. The performance participants include members of Utpalasia, Eagle Bhangra, and some of our students from India School in Bethesda. We are excited to be a part of this event which attracts more than 5,000 people annually. We also invite you to come and see original designs in jewelry, Boho handicrafts, and unique clothing at our beautiful orange tent, Yak Yak Yak Nepal! We hope to see you there!

Buddha Jayanti

Kathmandu celebrated Buddha Jayanti at a freshly cleaned and painted Swayambhunath. Honoring the 2561st anniversary of the birthday of Lord Buddha, the day included special events for worship and prayer, social programs, and other festivities, including a beautiful night illumination. See more at https://goo.gl/pCNyh4

 

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Sheshnarayan Temple

Pharping lies in a beautiful green area beyond Chobar, and is highly sacred to Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus alike. There you will find Sheshnarayan, one of the four most revered temples of Narayan, or Vishnu, in Nepal. The area is steeped in a blend of religion and lore where caves and cliffs form the backdrop for myths and age-old practices and beliefs. A statue of Uma Maheshwor rises from one of the seven ponds as goldfish gently glide by. Legend says that long ago two snakes formed a bridge to help a priest cross a swift stream to the temple, and locals have thrown a forked branch into the pond every year to commemorate the event. Pharping was one of our favorite stops on the road to the inspiring Shree Dakshinkali temple.SheshnarayanTemple

Happy Buddha Jayanti!

Today we celebrate Buddha Jayanti. Celebrations were inaugurated in Lumbini, Nepal, birthplace of Lord Buddha, and the occasion was marked by the attendance of over 350 monks from 28 countries. Butter lamps were lit to commemorate the day. Followers of the Mahayana, Theravada, and Vajrayana sects also recited sermons of Lord Buddha. BuddhaPatan

Vajrayogini Dance at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum

Senior dancer, Tasherit Sturm Dahal, will be performing the Vajrayogini dance, a charya nritya, or meditative Buddhist dance, as part of Kites of Asia, a free family program at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum this Saturday from 10:30-3 pm. The Vajrayogini is a rare and beautiful dance in which the qualities of a dakini, or spiritual muse, are personified and in which the dancer ‘becomes’ the being she portrays. Kites of Asia will also feature other dance and music performances by Utpalasia, along with workshops and activities for children of all ages. For more info, go to https://goo.gl/ga6Fj4.

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NDS & YAV at The Hill School

NDS will be presenting a full day of Himalayan dance and music at The Hill School in Middleburg on March 12th. This program is part of our series created for Young Audiences of Virginia and will be exploring some of the similarities, influences, and exchanges between Nepal, Tibet, and China. Performances will include rare Buddhist and typical village dances, followed by interactive workshops. We are excited to have this opportunity to share Himalayan traditions and performance arts with the students and staff of this amazing school!

Kites of Asia Wrap-Up

Kites of Asia at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum was a roaring success! Check out some photos of the event. Kids had a terrific time making music with traditional Himalayan instruments and visiting the Buddhist auspicious symbol coloring table. They also got moving to the sounds of popular Bollywood and Nepali folk songs after the performances. The fun wasn’t just limited to kids, though — many parents got up and danced with us, too!

Our youngest dancer, Tasherit Sturm Dahal, did a solo Kathak dance performance and thrilled the audience with her vivacious spins and footwork. Bhim Dahal performed for the first time on the sarangi, a stringed folk instrument of Nepal, and was accompanied by Cordula Sturm Dahal on the harmonium and madal.

The Yeti, known as the Abominable Snowman (a term which was first coined in 1921), is said to inhabit the Himalayas. One thing is for sure — he appeared this past weekend! We had a wonderful time introducing everyone to our furry friend. Our Yeti tells us that he was disappointed he couldn’t actually eat anyone. Maybe next year!   😉

We had an awesome time performing at this year’s Kites of Asia festival. A special thank you to:

  • Mychalene Giampaoli, our favorite, super-dynamic director of family programs at the Air & Space museum (you are one amazing lady!)
  • Agustin, her second-in-command and top coordinator
  • Paul, the AV guy who came armed with a totally new system
  • Shauna, a fellow dancer & geologist
  • Kristine, one of our former students and a museum intern
  • Anne (who still remembers working with us way back when!)
  • And many, many more!!

Remember, if you liked any of the dances or instruments you saw, we want to see you in one of our classes!

Alexandria Day School

Nepal Dance School will be presenting an in-house program for the Alexandria Day School this coming Monday. We are kicking off their Festival of Learning by showcasing Himalayan legends through dance and music. After the performance, students will be invited to participate and learn Nepali folk dance steps to traditional songs.