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Dr. Anna Stirr receives the Khalibhakta Pant International Prize in Nepali Folklore

Congratulations to Dr. Anna Stirr!!! She was named this year’s recipient of the Khalibhakta Pant Memorial Foundation’s Khalibhakta Pant International Prize in Nepali Folklore. She is the first non-Nepali to be awarded this prize, and joins several emeritus professors and famous singers in receiving this honor.

This year’s prize was announced at a program in Phalewas, Parbat, Nepal on February 18, and the prize ceremony will take place in Boston in June. Read the Nepali press release here.

English translation of press release:

Phalewas, Parbat, February 18, 2024

American singer Anna Stirr is to be awarded the 2024 Kalibhakta Pant International Folklore Prize, established by the Kalibhakta-Krishna Pant Memorial Foundation. The intent to award the prize to Anna was announced at a program held on the occasion of Kalibhakta Pant’s twenty-third remembrance day. With a Ph.D. on Nepali folk song / folk dohori, through her study, research, and publications on Nepali folklore and culture, she has made up-to-date contributions to the international dissemination and promotion of this folklore and culture, and is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii Manoa in the United States of America.

For the past six years, the Kalibhakta-Krishna Pant Memorial Foundation Nepal has been awarding the Kalibhakta Pant International Prize for Nepali Folklore. This prize provides a sum of Rs. 101,000 in Nepal or $1001 American Dollars abroad, plus an award certificate. Previous awardees include Satya Mohan Joshi (2019), Krishna Kandel (2020), Tulasi Diwas (2021), Professor Dr. Chuda Mani Bandhu (2022), and Kumar Basnet (2023); the singer Anna Stirr is the first foreigner to be awarded this prize. On the occasion of the memorial day 2024, artists were honored and scholarships were distributed to students in various fields, according to the organization’s president Professor Dr. Parthiweshwor Prasad Timilsina. The program was held in Parbat Phalewas, in the Foundation’s hall. At the program, Kalibhakta’s third son Govinda Prasad Pant and fifth son Shobha Bhakta presented the established scholarships to students of Kurgha, Limithana, and Khalle schools.

Photo: Another artist is honored at the program in Phalewas, Parbat, Nepal on February 18, with a photo hanging in the background of Dr. Stirr dressed to perform Nepali dohori song.

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