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Widdess, Richard, Sowa, Anna and Sowa, Remi (2022) Gũlā: Music of a Sacred Time. University of the West of England, Bristol. Available from

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For the inhabitants of Bhaktapur, a historic town in Nepal, Gũlā is a sacred month. It is celebrated with processions, music, and other observances in the streets, squares and temples of the town, culminating with a festival in which Buddha statues parade to musical accompaniment. In this short film, a collaboration between an ethnomusicologist, filmmakers, and performers, two musicians - senior and junior, male and female, Hindu and Buddhist respectively - give their complementary perspectives on the importance of traditional ritual and devotional music and the problems of transmitting this intangible cultural heritage to future generations.

Item Type: Films
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Arts > Department of Music
ISSN: 2514-3123
Copyright Statement: © Screenworks
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2023 12:33

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