Photo: Chandra would often lead gatherings such as this Eco-Trekking Workshop for trekking guides, in a round of the song “16 Barse Umeraima.”
A Tribute to Dr Chandra Gurung
CGCT is proud to join CGCF, with support from Chandra’s family, friends and colleagues, in the creation of a short docudrama paying tribute to Chandra. The inspiration for the music video is a popular Nepali folk song that Chandra loved called “16 Barse Umeraima” (“When I was 16…”). He used to sing it at village gatherings during his work with ACAP, and at nearly every event or program in which he gathered with donors, staff, trainees, and friends until his tragic death at Ghunsha in 2006.
One of the original singers Cheetra Gurung has agreed to remake the song and produce the music video with local artists of Pokhara. The song was recreated after 41 years as a hybrid version with new musical flavors and with dancers performing in Chandra’s home village Sikles.
A brief drama will lead up to the song performance reflecting on the conservation work that Chandra led in the Annapurna Conservation Area, its impacts on the lives of the people and how ACAP and villagers are united together for conservation and development work amidst the emerging challenges of climate change.
You can view a trailer of the video here. Please watch for the full docudrama on the CGCT Facebook page. Thank you for your continuing support that allows CGCT to remember Dr. Chandra Gurung in this way while spreading his important and ageless message of “people-oriented biodiversity conservation.”