From the revolution in Nepal… a musical interlude

Those Nepalese Maoists are an impressive movement in a lot of ways… I just didn’t expect to see them in a song and dance number. Maybe this foreshadows the proletarian Bollywood we might get if the Naxals ever take power down India way.

13 Comments

  1. J. Otto Pohl said,

    March 30, 2010 at 8:21 am

    I do not think revolutionary songs and dances are alien to Maoists. Did not the PRC itself have a lot of such type of entertainment during Mao’s reign? Indeed what self described socialist regimes have not used cultural forms like singing and dancing as propaganda tools? I can not think of any.

  2. Liam said,

    March 30, 2010 at 9:06 am

    For reasons that were probably as opaque to the audience as they were to me I was invited to speak at a Tamil Pongu a couple of years ago. The rest of the day’s entertainment included a fair bit of music and dancing. When I asked a Sri Lankan acquaintance if the dark uniforms and red sashes represented anything he told me that they were symbolic of of LTTE suicide bombers.

    Even suicide bombing can be turned into a song and dance number.

    http://liammacuaid.wordpress.com/2008/07/12/pongu-thamil-2008/

  3. Maeve said,

    March 30, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Hi! It would be great if you’d let your readers know about a blog I post on:

    http://catholicheritage.blogspot.com/search/label/Gaelic.

    Especially if you could post about/follow/blogroll/link to it.

    Cheers!

    Maeve

  4. Charlie said,

    March 30, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    I especially love the musical interlude at 2.41!

  5. robert said,

    March 30, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Wasn’t it Emma Goldman who said if you cant dance I don’t want to join your revolution…

  6. Charlie said,

    March 30, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    also, check;

  7. March 31, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Yeah, Robert, I was about to post that Goldman would have approved of the dancing, if not the politics.

    Any thoughts on this Srebrenica business, SS? Always enjoy your excursions into Serbian politics.

    • Phil said,

      April 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm

      As long as it doesn’t begin “I have no sympathy with those Serb nationalists who deny or minimise the Srebrenica massacre. But… resisting Empire… EU liberal colonialism… Ashcroft, Marko, cruise missile left… can’t help feeling… evil bastards obviously but still… good on ’em…”

      (Sometimes the enemy of my enemy is also my enemy.)

      • splinteredsunrise said,

        April 1, 2010 at 9:51 pm

        Hey, we don’t do condemnathons here, nor competitive atrocities. And, apart from the personal respect I have for Kostunica, you’re not going to get me taking up cudgels on behalf of either the useless government (now including the Milosevic clan again, thanks to the EU) or the useless opposition.

      • Phil said,

        April 2, 2010 at 10:47 am

        Fairy nuff. Localised sense of humour/proportion malfunction.

  8. March 31, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I prefer Nepalese punk by Ra iKo RIs

  9. April 1, 2010 at 9:46 am

    […] Splintered Sunrise präsentiert revolutionäre Musik aus Nepal, hier etwas […]

  10. prianikoff said,

    May 29, 2010 at 11:42 am

    The Nepalese government takes a leaf out of the Con-Dem coalition’s book

    More here:-
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/nepal/Nepal-averts-crisis-but-chaos-remains-/Article1-550141.aspx


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