1988, Khumjung, Nepal
Plate 08, 18x27
Since some of our party wanted some film at this most remote enclave, they paid to have dance and music scenes performed. We computed sometime later that the performers, even though in a place as remote as can be, had requested or required what would be union wages if computed in the cost of living in each society.
After the bargaining and the settling of the compensation, things became more lyrical by far. It all played out in rather small groups. The two players in this photo were augmented by several dance groups and several other two-person musical groups. It was like being at Disneyland, with a number of groups performing at the same time and yet by some miracle not overshadowing one another, each getting his needed space.
Out of curiosity, I tried hard to find out where the elaborate costumes and musical instruments were stored for the harsh winters. They seemed older but in pristine condition as I looked at them closely.