The Transhimalayan Network

With The Transhimilayan Network, Nischal Khadka opens our ears to emerging artists from Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet: all high Himalayan regions with a deeply rooted buddhist tradition. Connecting through isolation, these mountain states developed their own cultural traditions. The Transhimalayan Network attempts to present a variety of idiosyncratic forms of music and sonic art from around the Himalayan regions with lectures and workshops by experts in various fields tethered to sound, performance, and visual arts.
The ethos of this collaborative network is fundamentally decolonial – aiming to direct its resources, visibility and focus towards contributing to support and sustain a healthy context for art and specifically music in the trans Himalayan region, making sure that the decisional power remains in the hands of the local artists, audiences and contributors.


Episode 1 
On the last day of the exhibition GARDEN OF TEN SEASONS at SAVVY Contemporary, we turn our ears to a mix by Nischal Khadka, traversing sound art and music from the Himalayan region and beyond: moving from traditional and contemporary cultivations of sound and music to the intermingling of voices, chants, and field recordings across decidedly liminal spaces. 

 

Episode 2
For episode 2, Nischal Kadhka invites Ruhail Qaisar, a self-taught multidisciplinary artist and producer from Ladakh, India. Ruhail’s work focuses on sound art and experimental filmmaking. As a musician, he explores the confines of memory, intergenerational trauma, and the operational swarm of the unconscious through poetic gestures and improvisation. His debut EP LTALAM draws on the solipsism and decay of historical structures, family homes, and the inevitable pollution and ghettoization of the alleys within the old-town Leh: a place where once identities were as organic as the structures, but where the tourism-based economy has now pounded concrete dilapidations, moving the locality transformed into a dismal state. On a larger scale, all indigenous communities in the Himalayas are suffering at the hand of unplanned industrialization and urbanization as well as military atrocities.

Ruhail’s compositions form haunting drones of hypnosis disturbed by spastic barrages of post-industrial noise and unnerving power electronics with tropes of vernacular theatre. He is currently a resident at Hong Kong Community Radio with his show “The Hounds of Pamir”. His debut LP will be released on Aisha Devis’s Danse Noire later in 2022.

Tracklist:

Gesar Saga – Lower Ladakh
Ling Danza – Chorten
Gesar Saga – Purig and Shina
Jhal Jhali Aankha Ma – Usha Mangeshkar
Pahilo Bhet – Chepang
Refusal Part One – Tashi Dorji
Voice from Tara – Kelsang Chukie Tethong
Dang Dung (Disorder Lust) – Ugra Karma
Tabu Zing Zing – Songs of Changpa Tribe
Silk Road – Kitaro
Ali Yato Le – Ladakhi Folk Song