Folk Lok

Folk Lok is a community-based arts program focused on the revitalization of the Dāphā music tradition practiced by the Tahnani Dāphā Khalah, a traditional musical group in Kirtipur. It supports the documentation of Dāphā music, builds community linkages to Dāphā music, and is hoping to revive the Lal Hira Pyākhã, a musical theatrical performance based on a local folklore in Kirtipur.

What we do

Folk Lok was initiated towards the end of 2019 in collaboration with Tahnani Dāphā Khalah. In 2021, we are supporting the community outreach efforts of the Dāphā Khalah and working closely to augment their apprenticeship program and emphasizing female participation in Dapha practice, even though it has traditionally been an exclusively male space. 

Program Objectives

In 2021, Folk Lok intends to help Tahnani D?ph? Khalah (TDK) document their musical practice. It will support TDK’s three-months long apprenticeship by organizing workshops on the D?ph? tradition. It will organize various community-engagement and D?ph? promotion programs during the apprenticeship period.

Activities

Through workshops, Folk Lok facilitates exchange and collaboration between community practitioners and professional artists who are cultural outsiders to create a contemporized performance of an episode from Laal Heera Pyakha, a traditional theatrical practice. 

Activities

Through workshops, Folk Lok facilitates exchange and collaboration between community practitioners and professional artists who are cultural outsiders to create a contemporized performance of an episode from Laal Heera Pyakha, a traditional theatrical practice. 

Our stories

Read stories of rediscovering and recreating ancient art, customs and knowledge!