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Newari architecture in Kathmandu: ‘Old and weak’ buildings are also part of heritage

Newars, who reportedly came to Kathmandu Valley in the thirteenth century, are considered the ‘original inhabitants’ of the capital city. Kathmandu’s cultural identity mostly constitutes various dimensions of Newari tradition. What stands out among these aspects of their culture is architecture. Until a few decades, most houses in core city areas of Kathmandu Valley had […]

Panchebaja: This unique cultural showpiece is regaining strength over imported ‘band baja’

Dhan Bahadur Nepali, 39 came to Kathmandu 22 years ago with a lot of hopes and dreams. One of those dreams was to become a part of a panchebaja band that played in weddings and other religious events but he soon realised that it wasn’t going to be that easy. Growing up in a Damai […]