Land of the Gurkhas

1957 in Nepal

A moment of treasure

courtesy of [Original File Name: 35HIMALAYA COMP #19 FILMS 21 & 54 OFFSPRING 2]. Time has changed us but I still believe there are things implanted in our DNA, hence most of us feel a sense of tranquillity and peace in the wilderness. After watching this documentary filmed by Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf.

Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf lived and worked as an anthropologist throughout the Himalayas from the 1930s through the 1980s. Extraordinary in both its breadth and its depth, the Fürer-Haimendorf collection is one of the finest extant ethnographic film collections that document Himalayan cultures. I admire his work and dedication and we as Nepalese should be proud and stand tall of our ancestors. If you want to know about him then here is the link

Our lives are much easier and better than that but we still do not stop complaining. Have a look at our past then say so.

Indra Jatra in 1931

Indra Jatra in 1931

This rare footage was shot by Arnold Adriaan Bake in 1931. He is showing the changing culture and our ancient landscape. Although the film is not well documented according to this standard of today still it is an important part of our culture and heritage that he has successfully covered up.

Those days Indra Jatra used to be Kathmandu’s one of major festivals and it used to attract people outside the valley as well. The tradition is so widely famous and live music played a huge role in it. The main attraction was the chariot where Nepal’s living Goddess named KUMARI is carried through the streets and even the King and devotees used to pay homage.