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Musica Mundi: Nepal

  • Pure Land Farms 3265 Santa Maria Road Topanga, CA, 90290 United States (map)

Sunday July 21st, 2 - 8PM

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A celebration of Nepali Newari culture including live music and dance performances, calligraphy workshop, Newari Buddhist ritual art exhibit, Nepali food and more!

Featuring:

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Prajwal Ratna Vajracharya who will perform the sacred dances of Nepal with his Dance Mandal dancers and offer a mini workshop in the movement techniques of his unique Charya Nritya tradition.

Prajwal is a priest of one of the Vajrayana Buddhist lineages of Nepal and a ritual master both of the Charya Nritya dance tradition and other ritual forms performed by the Newar Vajracharya lineage. Prajwal began his training in Charya Nritya at eight years old, receiving formal instruction mainly from his father, the Buddhist scholar and ritual master Ratna Kaji Vajracharya. Prajwal Vajracharya is now the premier teacher, practitioner, and performer of the tradition. He is the founder of Dance Mandal: Foundation for Sacred Buddhist Arts of Nepal to preserve and expand this rare art form and its related traditions. With the survival of this sacred ritual dance threatened by modernization, Prajwal, at his father’s wishes, has dedicated his life to bringing this unique Buddhist heritage from the temples of Nepal to the world, while adhering to its original purpose as a profound spiritual practice.

 
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Subash Prajapati who will offer a Nepali calligraphy workshop, talk and musical performance with using traditional drums of Nepal.

Subhash Ram Prajapati is a PhD in Ethnomusicology from University of Washington. His research focuses on traditional, folk and fusion music from Newar communities in a global perspective of musical changes. He has a number of publications on Nepalese music, arts and culture. 

This is a kid friendly event!

Liana Moon returns to Pure Land Farms to offer creative meditations for kids, teaching children of all ages to develop mindfulness and loving kindness through art while learning about the cultural tradition lf Nepal. Activities include:

  • Creating flags of fortune to learn about the Himalayan concept of lungta or ‘wind horse’

  • Face and body painting of traditional Buddhist symbols to learn the meaning behind this ancient iconography.

Full Schedule of Events:

2:00 PM: Nepali Sanskrit Calligraphy with Subash Ram Prajapati

Sorig Healing Center 

3:00 PM: Nepali Dance Mini-Workshop with Prajwal Ratna Vajracharya

Yuthok Ling Temple 

2:00 - 5:00 PM: Buddhist art kids programs with Liana Moon

Yanghchenma Den in Main House

5:00 PM: Live traditional Nepali music performance by Subhash Ram Prajapati with introductory talk

Yuthok Ling Temple  

6:30 PM: Sacred Dance of Nepal Performance with Prajwal Ratna Vajracharya and his Dance Mandal dancers 

Yuthok Ling Temple  


All day long 

  • Newari Buddhist ritual art exhibition 

Yangchenma Yurt

  • Nepali Food, catered by Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine

Main House