(thesis advisor)Ethan Silverman
May 21 2019
Chagu Bakha means One Story in Newari Language. The piece is an animated short film about an ancient folklore about a Diety in Newar Culture. The animator, Barsha Maharjan is from a small ethnic group in Nepal called Newars from Kathmandu. Scholars have compared Newar culture to ancient Greece and Rome in its power and complexity. But that culture is eroding and in danger of being lost. Even the Newar language is now endangered. The younger Newars are becoming disconnected from the stories that pass on their religious, cultural and social identity. Those are the stories that tell you who you are. A story is a living thing, though, and for a story to stay alive, it has to be retold in new ways. Barsha explores digital storytelling with memories of her hometown and her childhood within the Newari culture in Kathmandu.
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