Nepal’s only folk musical instrument museum is struggling to save rare instruments

While the roundabout in Tripureshwor, Nepal sees traffic throughout the day, just a few minutes walk from the bustling road is the quiet and calm Tripureshwor Mahadev Temple, one of the largest temples in the Kathmandu Valley. Within the premises of the temple is a lesser-known museum housing rare Nepali folk musical instruments collected from across Nepal. Despite the […]

Did Pratap Malla really start Gai Jatra? There’s no proof to say he did

Who started Gai Jatra, also known as the festival of cows, in Nepal? The answer to this question is simple for many people. “It’s Pratap Malla, the 17th-century king of Kantipur,” is the usual retort. “When Pratap Malla’s son died at a young age, his wife mourned for the demise of the young prince. To […]