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‘I pierce my tongue, but I’m not a demon’

Four days before the jibro chedne jatra (tongue piercing festival) Buddha Krishna Baga Shrestha stood in front of all the Bode village elders to commit that he will pierce his tongue for the seventh time on Monday, the second day of the new year. Every time he stood before the elders, he felt the same: […]

Breaking cultural stereotypes, Nepal’s first dhime girl wants to preserve traditional instruments

When a 12-year-old Indira Lachhimasyu first picked up a Dhime baja (a traditional Newar drum) at her home in Bhaktapur, different people had different things to say. But two-and-a-half decades on, she has proved her doubters wrong, mastered the instrument and become one of Nepal’s first ‘dhime girl’. Lachhimasyu grew up around a lot of traditional […]