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University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu, HI 96822-2247)
Anna Marie Stirr (Project Director: November 2020 to present)
Mason Brown (Co Project Director: February 2021 to present)

Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

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$293,893 (approved)
$293,893 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2024

Nepali Folk Performance: The Works of Subi Shah

Preparation for publication of an open-access print and digital edition and translation, from Nepali to English, of the six books of Subi Shah (1922-2008), a Nepali performer and educator who documented Nepali folk music, drama and dance. (36 months)

This project will translate six volumes of Nepali performer Subi Shah's work into English and publish them digitally and in print, with accompanying scores, and audio and video recordings. Shah (1922-2008) was a Nepali performer and educator who made it his life’s work to develop, sustain, and promote Nepali folk performance. His writings on the varied genres that make up the Pangdure tradition of the central Nepali hills are the only existing scholarship that analyzes and provides concrete examples of all aspects of performance (song, instrumental music, dance, drama) with detailed information about their interrelationships. They thus provide an essential resource for scholars and performers, including information published nowhere else. This project contributes to these traditions' cultural sustainability by involving local performers, and to decolonizing performance studies by challenging and posing concrete alternatives to Eurocentric structures of knowledge.