Who: Everest Band Baja
What: Open air concert of dance party music.
When: Saturday January 24th from 2 to 4 PM
Where: Mangal Durbar Square, Patan.
Why? because we are alive!
What else? bring a video camera; bring your friends; wear red and be prepared to dance. We will make a promotional video!
This is the place we are talking about.
As regular readers of this blog know, The Sacrament of the Goddess is being published in Kathmandu Nepal, and the official release date is January 24th.
On that date we will have a book release event, but this will not be a quiet reading to a hushed crowd of literary enthusiasts. It will be an open air celebration featuring a brass band.
And today we confirmed that the band will be Everest Band Baja of Patan. Sixteen guys. The great Sudarshan Pariyar leading the way on clarinet. If you have never heard them, you are in for a treat. Here is a link to Everest Brass Baja on YouTube.
This event is open to the public, obviously, because it is in a public place. (Be reminded that foreigners need to buy the Durbar Square ticket)
And what is The Sacrament of the Goddess about?
Nepal is a Buddhist country that fought a brutal civil war for eleven years. Sushila was raised deeply Buddhist, and needed to confront the vicious war head on when it came to her village and her house. She crossed paths with Matt when she was nineteen, then disappeared from his life…..
The Sacrament of the Goddess is an international thriller set in the last absolute Hindu kingdom on earth at the time the monarchy was ending. Under the shadow of the Himalayas and a dazzling multicultural background, a small group of doctors deliver care at a missionary hospital where there is only one missionary left. The Sacrament of the Goddess reveals events of the Nepal civil war in layers, as we meet the medical team of Beni Nepal and see it through their eyes.
Superficially, it is a classic story of star-crossed lovers, but the events unfold partly in real time and partly as flashbacks – memories that may or may not have happened, meanings that only reveal themselves through anguish or tears.
At it’s core The Sacrament of the Goddess is about the choices people make in a civil war where the moral virtues of each side is ambiguous. On a daily basis the doctors confront the clash between western-style individualistic culture and eastern-style collectivist culture. As we learn how they cope with difficult events we ponder how people’s actions express their conception of God and the infinite in a culture with plural religions. And the meaning of love.
Tell your friends!