Our Mission

The Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa serves as an intellectual hub in the Pacific for research on and learning about a highly diverse region that encompasses Bangladesh, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Lakshadweep, and the Maldive Islands.

Exhibition Gala: Capturing a Legacy

Photo of People from Nepal

Exhibition Gala: Capturing a Legacy

East-West Center Gallery
John A. Burns Hall
1601 East-West Road (corner Dole St. & East-West Rd.)
Gallery admission is free

Open Weekdays 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Sundays Noon–4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturdays and Oct. 8, Nov. 11, 12, 22, Dec. 24, 25, 30, 31, and Jan. 1

 

Capturing a Legacy: Four Generations of Nepalese Photographers tells the story of the legacy of the Chitrakar family as artists and visual documentarians. Nepal has witnessed dramatic political and cultural changes and this photographic exhibition captures key moments in Nepal’s history through the lens of four generations of photographers. In the 14th century, the inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley were divided into a profession-based caste system. It was then that the ‘Chitrakars,’ meaning ‘painters,’ acquired their status. The Chitrakars traditionally learned their painting skills under the tutelage of their fathers and to this day members of the community continue to create traditional paintings of specific rituals. With the introduction of photography to Nepal in the late 1800s, many Chitrakars also began to work in this medium.

The recurring theme of a changing Nepal—the politics, heritage and culture, sprawl or urbanization, the lifestyle, and infrastructural transformation—are evident in this collection of images that span more than one hundred years. Additionally, themes of conservation, tourism, climate change, and changing attitudes toward women demonstrate Nepal’s participation in global discourses. —Cristeena Chitrakar (curator)

Special Events
In the EWC Gallery with free admission. General seating – first-come, first-served.

Sunday, October 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Illustrated Talk: “Past and Present: Stories of the Chitrakars” by Navesh, Swaraj Man, and Cristeena Chitrakar

Sunday, October 21, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Family Sunday: Music Workshop with Dr. Chet-Yeng Loong, Professor of Music at UHM and Nepalese Folk Dance Workshop with Sophiya Singh, Society of Nepalese in Hawai’i

Sunday, October 28, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Illustrated Talk: “Kumu Hula Joan S. Lindsey: Her Life and Legacy” by Kumu Lilinoe Lindsey

Sunday, November 4, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Performance Demonstration: “The Legacy of Onoe Ryuu in Japan and Hawai’i” by Japanese classical dance artists Gertrude Tsutsumi (NEA National Heritage Fellow) and Howard Asao

Sunday, November 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Illustrated Talk: “Incorporation of Hinduism and Buddhism into Rich Newari Culture in Nepal” by Bedika Upadhyaya, Vice President, Society of Nepalese in Hawai’i

Sunday, December 2, 2:00-3:45 p.m.
Film: “King of Masks” In 1930s China, aging street performer Wang (Zhu Xu) yearns for a male heir. Upon learning his young disciple’s secret, he must choose between following the strictures of society and the fatherly love he feels for his new protégé. 1996, 90 minutes.

Sunday, December 9, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Performance Demonstration: “Uta nu Michi: The Path of Learning Okinawan Songs” by Norman Kaneshiro, Musical Director, Ukwanshin Kabudan Ryukyu Performing Arts Group

Sunday, January 6, 2019, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Film: “Jhola” Nepalese film about Sati culture prevalent until the 1920s in which the wife has to immolate herself upon her husband’s death, typically on his funeral pyre. 2014, 90 minutes.

Visitor parking is available on the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa campus for a fee during the week, and is normally free and ample on Sundays.
Parking info: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/commuter/parking.html

Photo: Devotees offer prayers before taking a holy bath in the Bagmati River at Pashupatinath Temple during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar