'Ayo Gorkhali!' is a non-profit, educational project developed by a small, dedicated team from the Believe Creative, a London-based new media production company. The project's Producer, Roshan Rai, is the son and grandson of British Gurkhas - Major (retired) Maniprasad Rai and the late Captain (Hon.) Dalbahadur Rai, who both served in the 7th Gurkha Rifles.
'Ayo Gorkhali!' is a celebration of the history and achievements of the British Gurkhas that we hope will make Nepali (Nepalese) and Gorkhali (Gurkha) history more accessible, especially for young Nepalis growing up outside of Nepal. We also hope it will help to foster understanding between communities by highlighting the rich heritage that the Gurkhas and the people of Nepal and the United Kingdom share between them. Our project takes its name from the Gurkha battle cry, ‘Jai Mahakali, Ayo Gorkhali!’ (‘Victory to goddess Mahakali, the Gurkhas are here!').
The launch of this site, alongside our on-going Nepal-UK schools online exchange project, marks the second phase of Ayo Gorkhali, which began in 2008 as a (Welsh-Nepali) community engagement and educational exhibition project in the town of Brecon, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales.
Both the original Ayo Gorkhali! exhibition and this site were commissioned by Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery in Brecon and funded by 'Inspiring Learning for All' grants from CyMAL (Museums Archives and Libraries Wales), courtesy of the Welsh Assembly. Neither the original exhibition nor the development of this site would have been possible without the generous support of the Gurkha Museum Winchester, who allowed the team access to their unique collection of objects and also their extensive photographic archives. We are also extremely grateful to the MOD, Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas (HQBG) and Gurkha Company (Mandalay); the people (Welsh, Nepali and English) and schools of Brecon; members of the Gurkha communities in the UK and Nepal and the kind support of our international network of photographers. To all of you we say a heart-felt dhanyabad, diolch and thank you.
The narrative of the Ayo Gorkhali interactive Timeline spans 2,800 years of Nepali and Gorkhali history. We have packed in as many online references, little-known facts and surprising revelations as we can. We sincerely hope you enjoy exploring it.
The Timeline has been written with the input and kind support of Tony Gould, author of 'Imperial Warriors, Britain and the Gurkhas', and Major Gerald Davies, Curator of the Gurkha Museum Winchester. We are aware that there are many omissions and no doubt also many inaccuracies. These are soley our responsibility and are in no way any reflection on the input given by any of our contributors or sponsors.
The AG Timeline, like the rest of the site, has been designed to be extremley flexible and to allow us to respond to your suggestions and criticisms. So please tell us what you think should be in the Timeline - and the rest of the site - and we will do our best to add or edit its contents.
We have alot more excellent content to add to the site, not least our Homeland section, image Galleries and exclusive video content. So please sign up for our Newsletter, or join us on Facebook and Twitter, to keep up with the latest developments on AyoGorkhali.org.
Dhanyabad - Diolch - Thank you,
Producer & Director