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Fusing Tradition and Modernity: Sikkimese Language

Date Submitted: 22-Oct-2010
From: Kristina Dy-Liacco
Subject: Fusing Tradition and Modernity: Sikkimese Language
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Notice: Fusing Tradition and Modernity: Sikkimese Language (Lho skad) and Literary Reform
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Latse Library
New York, NY
3 - 5 pm

In his talk, the library's first to focus on Sikkim, scholar Kalzang Bhutia will provide an overview of the work and philosophy of exponents of Sikkimese language and literary reform over the past thirty years.

The talk will particularly focus on seminal figures such as Pema Rinzin Tagchungdarpa, Tashi Pelkyi Penpo, Norden Tsering and Bhaichung Tsichudarpo, and how they have reinvigorated Sikkimese language, as well as adapted traditional approaches to Sikkimese education, during the process of developing Sikkimese language in the Indian State education system.

Kalzang Dorjee Bhutia completed his postgraduate education in Buddhist studies, history and law at the University of Delhi and the University of Lucknow, India, and his monastic education in his home state of Sikkim. He has conducted research on Sikkimese culture, religion, literature and history for many years, and his research interests include Sikkimese language and literature, colonialism and anti-colonialism in Sikkimese history, and indigenous environmentalisms in the Himalayas.

For more information visit: www.trace.org/events