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NEPAL WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF TUESDAY’S FILM

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On Tues., Oct. 3, the University Travel Club opens its 1995-96 season with Dale Smith's "Nepal - in the Shadow of Everest." The screening takes place in Highland Park Elementary School auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

The film will take armchair travelers from the heights of Mount Everest to the jungle-covered lowlands of Terai. Thirty-six ethnic groups live in Nepal, a Hindu kingdom and the birthplace of Buddha.You'll see the gold-domed Pashupatinath, the country's most sacred Hindu temple, and witness religious ceremonies on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River.

You'll visit the ancient cities of Patan and Bhaktapu. In Patan, Tibetan refugees create Tibetan carpets and craft bronze statues using the lost wax process.

The film shows centuries-old intricate carvings crafted by artisans to honor their gods and elegant royal palaces built by the Malla Kings.

In a market surrounding the five-tiered Nyaptola Temple, onlookers wander through stalls of fresh produce, papier-mache masks, trinkets and clothes.

Thamel is a haven for people all over the world who make their pilgrimage to the mighty Himalaya. Khumbu is home of the Sherpas, famous as guides to the Himalaya Mountains.

Pangboche is the highest year-around inhabited village.

The film shows a healing ceremony in the village of Namche and the ancient Mani Rimdu dance festival in Thami where monks perform ritual dances all day to benefit mankind.

Dale Smith worked in Eastman Kodak's research laboratories after earning a degree from Kansas State College and receiving a Master's degree in physics from Iowa State University. He worked for Kodak for 31 years.

Last season he showed his film on Portugal to the UTC audience.

For information about the upcoming season, call 581-7100. Lynda Christensen, coordinator of the UTC series, says patrons can save the cost of admission to three films if they buy season tickets.