With open borders, highways, radio and satellite television, and, most importantly, the internet, Nepal is no longer isolated – despite being a landlocked country. Modernity has caught up with it – its citizens now want changes in politics, social structure, religion, and even art. While change signals modernity – moving away from the past; history and nostalgia hold on to the past! Bringing together scholars from different fields, with different approaches, this volume offers an eclectic view of Nepali art, culture, and religion. Evocative visuals, accompanying the insightful essays, try to unveil Nepal as it is today, with all its nostalgic linkages to the past. The essays here are grouped together in three parts: Architecture, Visual Arts, and Performances and Religious Traditions.
Dr Deepak Shimkhada, now retired from Claremont McKenna College, teaches courses in Asian art history at Claremont Graduate University as an adjunct professor.