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Fusing Tradition and Modernity: Sikkimese Language and Literary Reform

Fusing Tradition and Modernity: Sikkimese Language and Literary Reform
Saturday, November 6, 2010

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 on 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

Kalzang Dorjee Bhutia
University of Alabama
full-time instructor

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 environmentalism in the Himalayas.


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