Dance Theater of Nepal
Records, 1996-2013

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Quantity: 2 boxes (0.25 cubic ft.)
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Gift, Dance Theater of Nepal, New York, N.Y., June 2013
Processed By: New York State Library, Manuscripts & Special Collections, March 2014

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Historical Note:

Formerly the Raj Kapoor Ensemble, the Dance Theater of Nepal has been performing in the United States since 1996. Its performances attempt to provide audiences with an experience of Himalayan culture and the region’s ethnic groups, each having its own music and dance traditions that make up Nepali society. Performance venues have included Columbia University, Princeton University, the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution, and the New York State Museum. Performing members come from Nepal, the United States, Tibet, Africa, and India, and include music and dance director Raj Kapoor, and projects director Sherry Onna Handlin.

Scope and Content Note:

The records of the Dance Theater of Nepal are the office and performance records of the group, which specializes in Himalayan music and dance. It includes incorporation documents, artists’ profiles, publicity and press materials, program notes, support materials, syllabi for classes and workshops, photographs, and video recordings. With the exception of some photographs and video recordings, most materials are photocopies. The arrangement and titling of the folders are the work of Dance Theater of Nepal’s projects director Sherry Onna Handlin.

Box and Folder List:


Box Folder Description
1 1 Archives information, awards, and biographical data
1 2 New York State Museum at Albany
1 3 Photographs: performers and performances
1 4 Programs and materials related to performances
1 5 Papers related to publicity and promotion
2 1 Dance Theater of Nepal Concerts; dance and music director Raj Kapoor; projects advisor Sherry Onna Handlin (DVD)
  1. Symphony Space – World Music Institute; formerly the Raj Kapoor Ensemble, New York City, October 17, 1998
  2. Subha Ratri (Good night) – Benefit Concert, Y Theater, Educational Alliance, New York City, November 29, 2003
  3. Hamro Taal (Our Rhythms) - Shared Journeys, December 16, 2006
2 2 Drawing, dancing , and culture, Pratt Institute, fall 2004: Course exploring the integration of drawing and movement energies; visiting artists share highlights of world cultures through dance, music, and regional dress; with Professor Sherry Onna Handlin, Rosie de Pasquale Fashion Design Dept. Chair  (DVD)
2 3 Dance Mandal presents Charya Nritya The Tantric Buddhist Dance of Nepal (VHS)
Last Updated: October 3, 2014