The Himalayan Art Project.
An online collection of Himalayan visual arts and heritage, '...containing over 8,000
records, 10,000 images and 700 thematic sets'. The
here's a collection
of photographs of Tibet as it was in the 1950's, and
on the history of 'visual Dharma'.
Some related links :- Mongolian stories
about politics, religion, sport and horses (Mongolians belong to the same religion as Tibetans);
a privileged witness to a sky burial
(via the Tibetan Studies Virtual Library
the Tibetan game of rebirth.
Documents and articles about one of the twentieth century's greatest composers, some of them focusing on the problems he encountered working under a totalitarian system. Some highlights :- 'Do not judge me too harshly': anti-Communism in Shostakovich's letters
; 'You must remember!': Shostakovich's alleged 1937 interrogation
; About Shostakovich's 1948 downfall.
More related material can be found at the Music under Soviet Rule
There are a number of interesting sites dealing with music expression and censorship generally. The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has a site on the music of the concentration camps
- 'While popular songs dating from before the war remained attractive as escapist fare, the ghetto, camp, and partisan settings also gave rise to a repertoire of new works. ' Here's a Guardian article on the Blue Notes
, who 'fought apartheid in South Africa with searing jazz'. Here's a page about the Drapchi 14
, Tibetan nuns who 'recorded independence songs and messages to their families on a tape recorder' (and were subsequently punished). Finally, a page on records which were banned from BBC radio
during the 1991 Gulf War (example :- 'Walk Like an Egyptian').