Clicking Culture at Basantapur

Posted by: Rina

All Human beings have a culture but not every human born with any knowledge of a culture. We learn culture by growing up in a particular society and culture of that society has a significant role in the development of our society. I guess Anthropologist can say lot on this regards but for me as an ‘amateurs photographer’ I have tried my best to capture some glimpse of Jyapu Day hoping to preserve this unique culture of Jyapu community of Kathmandu.

This cultural programme was devoted to ‘Dhunya’ (a long curve bambo stick decorated in five colours with clothes, bells and chamars) and nineteen different ‘toles’ preformed Dhunya. Event was organized by Jyapu Mahaghuthi.
Joy of Dhunya: ‘Dhunya’ was compared to the national flag in the ancient times.

Honoring our Elders: The Jyapu communities not just come up with honoring older citizen  but also  playing a role in preserving all the cultural and traditional activities right down the periods of Kirant, Lichhabhi, Thakuri, Malla, and Shah dyanasties.

Namaste: A participant greeting the audience during a group cultural dance.




Synchronization of Culture.



All smiles for Culture.


Clicking Culture at Basantapur was last modified: December 31st, 2008 by Rina

Blog Comments

  1. newarFan

    Newar, great explanation of word bowJyaa.. thanks. Rina, u better learn first to explain. Nilesh, thanks for starting the topic that keeps our culture alive for millenniums

  2. newar

    As per my knowledge in newari language “bwojya”means “show” not competition. As in newari “bwo” means dekhaunu(nepali) and to show(english) and”jya” means kaam(nepali) and work (english),which meant dekhaune kaam or to show, the theme of the programme menat to show their communities that particular dhunya.

  3. Rina

    Nilesh dai, I also don’t know about this word ‘Bwojya’ but I think it means competition. ‘Competition of Dhunya’.

    Thank you all for your good comments.

  4. Shutterbug

    Vivid and vibrant pictures of Nepalese culture. Without a doubt ‘Synchronization of Culture’ and Honoring our Elders’ are best shots and composed creatively. Bravo! I know it’s not easy to take pictures wading through such festive crowd.

  5. Yestai Ho

    nice color and beutiful smiles! this capture our hidden treasure and culture very weel. job well done Rina as always.

  6. DreamSky

    Nice capture of the moments from different angles and places. Keep clicking!

    ‘Honoring our Elders’ – my fav.

  7. Nilesh Shrestha

    All the pictures are sharp and tells the atmosphere of the event. Great Job!! Most of the people in the last picture seem happy..and it shows the charm and the enthusiasm. Very good. BTW, you have described the word “Dhunya”, but what is “Bwojya”?

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