These guys are fabulous, such a well done a good mood making song and video!!! Way to go Mark Harris and David Tashi Lama. May you have great success at the NepalMusicFestival which will take place at the end of November.
More information about Nepal Music Festival can be found here:
Vocals – Mark Harris (Canada) & David Tashi Lama(Nepal)
Guitar – Mark Harris
Keyboard – Lidia Facias
Bass – Max O’Hara
Drums – Mark Horwath
Direction/Camera/Edit – Vivek Katuwal
Asst.Director – Roshan Thapa ‘Aadha Sur’
Produced by – Nepal Music Festival
Recorded at KJC
The inaugural edition of PhotoKathmandu, the newest addition to the international photography festival circuit, will take place from 3-9 November this year and will be anchored in the historic city of Patan in Lalitpur, Nepal. The festival is organized by photo.circle, a Nepali platform for photography and aims to facilitate interaction between photography, history, anthropology and a wide array of the arts, providing a much-needed injection of cultural vibrancy in Nepal’s post earthquake recovery period this year.
foto: Frederic Lecloux
foto: Phurpu Tsering
The festival will feature a wide range of programming – including 18 print exhibitions, 20 artist talks, 6 slideshow nights, and 6 workshops. With TIME as its central theme this year, the festival will chronicle Nepal’s past, and discuss its future, all through the visual medium.
“Despite and because we have had an extremely challenging year in Nepal this year, we are pushing forward with this festival because we truly believe that rebuilding a sense of identity can only be done through dialogue and the arts and culture is a powerful medium to facilitate these conversations.” says festival co-director NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati.
KTM photo festival team
Earlier this year in April, Nepal was hit by an 7.8 richter scale earthquake that caused over 8000 deaths and has left millions displaced. Most recently, political instability owing to the promulgation of a new constitution has caused much political and economic strife.
“Yes the timing means that there is much hard work to be done, but it amounts to lighting a candle in the darkness. The importance of Photo Kathmandu at this time cannot be overlooked. It is a time for consolidation, for sharing, for rebuilding, for sowing the seeds of inspiration.” said Australian photographer Philip Blenkinsop who will be participating in the inaugural edition of the festival. His work documenting Nepal’s political transitions in the last 15 years will be installed in the old Court House at Mangal Bazar, Patan.
In response to a worldwide open call for submissions, Photo Kathmandu received a total of 545 bodies of work for its digital slideshow nights. From these submissions, 80 projects representing 31 countries have been selected to be presented in public spaces in and around Patan. The slideshow night venues include the neighbourhood courtyards of Nag Bahal and Konti Bahi, and the public water faucets of Manga Hiti and Chyasal.
foto: Prasii Sthapit
foto: Kishor K. Sharma
As a whole, the print exhibitions featured in this inaugural edition of the festival, attempt to piece together a timeline of contemporary Nepali history. Artists featured include Nepali as well as visiting photographers including Bikas Rauniar, Kishor Sharma, Phillip Blenkinsop, Kevin Bubriski, Prasiit Sthapit, Frédéric Lecloux, Juju Bhai Dhakwa, Tuomo Manninen, among others. Several collections from Nepal Picture Library, a digital photo archive that documents vernacular Nepali histories, will also be showcased. Exhibitions will take place in a variety of public spaces in and around Patan including the alley-ways, squares and courtyards of the old city. By choosing to exhibit in public spaces, the festival aims to go to its audience, instead of waiting for its audience to come to it, and take photography to audiences that would otherwise never engage with it.
foto: Kevin Bubriski
foto: Tuomo Manninen
The festival will also feature six workshops that will avail Nepali and visiting photographers various opportunities for professional development. Workshops include; ‘Photographing the Everyday’ by French-Belgian photographer Frédéric Lecloux which is designed for young storytellers, ‘Translating the Voice: Explorations in listening and writing’ by Bangalore based oral historian Indira Chowdhary, and ‘Visual Thinking in the Editorial Process’ by Thomas Borberg, Photo Editor at award winning Danish newspaper Politiken among others.
For five days during the festival, Photo Kathmandu will feature a series of artist talks and discussions with photographers, curators, anthropologists, historians and others from around the world on issues surrounding contemporary photography, the image and the word, photo book making, the history of South Asian photography and other topics. These events will take place between 4-8 Nov from 3-6pm at Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka.
By occupying local hotels, guest houses, cafes and restaurants, the festival hopes to bring direct income to the Patan local economy. It will engage with Patan youth clubs and other community groups to manage all exhibitions and events. Since its announcement in June, the festival has raised funds to rebuild at least one heritage site in Patan as a concrete way to give back to its host city. Funds will be handed over to a local committee on the opening night on 3rd November.
New York based Nepali fashion designer Prabal Gurung’s Shikshya Foundation Nepal has joined the festival as an associate partner. “Shikshya Foundation Nepal strongly believes that education can also take place beyond classrooms, especially through reading, arts and culture. Photo Kathmandu serves to be a platform for open, innovative and challenging dialogues. I hope the festival will put Nepal back in the thoughts of the international community and help rebuild tourism and heritage.” says the founder Prabal Gurung.
The festival is also supported by numerous organizations and cultural institutes in Nepal, including the Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal, Nepal Investment Bank Ltd., CKU Danish Centre for Culture and Development, Turkish Airlines, Alliance Francaise in Kathmandu, Alliance for Social Dialogue and UNESCO among others.
… in the news today!
For further details regarding the festival and the programming; please visit THE EXCELLENTLY LAYEDO OUT WEBSITE: www.photoktm.com
Wow, the beauty of modern art from Nepal enhanced by a greenery photo shoot! How did THIS come about?
Well, a couple of weekends ago I went to a 2-day bloggers conference in Amsterdam and was totally inspired by Igor and Judith from the UrbanJungleBloggers platform. In less than two years they have managed to attract more than 700 bloggers from all over the world to their platform which focuses on getting more greenery into the world – and not only for people who had green thumbs all along, but also for us beginners …
And a beginner I am. My husband has always been the green thumb in the family and for the longest time I have found plants in the interior a bit stuffy and old-fashioned. I tolerated our two oversized pots with I-have-no-idea-what-they-are-but-they-grow-like-crazy, as they make a nice division between our open kitchen and the living room, but taking care of them was totally my husband’s domain.
And now Igor and Judith inspired me to actually go out and get some plants on my own and I am ready to care for them. Please, you long-time botanists, don’t laugh at me, as my selection leans heavily to the easy-care of succulents, but, hey, everyone has to start somewhere! So here’s the arrangement on my livingroom table with a painting of Saroj Mahato on the wall in the background.
I actually waited around for afternoon light to take the photos, which needed quite a bit of patience. But it did make the other shots come out nicely, too, such as the view of the table with a great piece of art (not from Nepal!) by Ariane Boss from Berlin.
And the same holds true for the shot of the flowers and art above the sideboard (all from Nepal: yellow and gray/black painting by Binod Pradhan, blue Buddha face by Ratna Kaji Shakya, and the small sketch of mythical “Kalki” horses by veteran artist Shashi Shah).
… and just for your enjoyment one last close-up:
(And if you want to see more of my house WITHOUT GREENERY check out this earlier post!)
This absolutely beautiful site was established in 2006 by a group of Shanghai-based musicians, visual artists, programmers, and entrepreneurs, Neochahas grown to become an award-winning company dedicated to celebrating culture and creativity in Asia. It is real “eye candy” – beautifully layed out, with great photography and informative texts!
Kiran Maharjan (aka H11235) is a Nepalese artist who uses street art to address social issues within his community. Kiran is one of the primary organizers of the Prasad Project, a street art initiative to make a positive impact on Nepalese youth through workshops, exhibitions, and public murals.
Neocha: How did you get into street art?
Kiran: I used to be influenced by classical European Realism, and I’ve always been intrigued by faces. I used to do portraits with charcoal and other mediums before I got into street art. Later on, I would be introduced to the graffiti and street art scene through skateboarding culture, especially the graphics on the skate decks.
I came to a turning point when I started to bring my works to commercial galleries in the city with the hope of being exhibited. All of them turned me down. Some considered me an amateur and didn’t want to showcase my work, while others turned me down because they simply weren’t interested in my style. This rejection became a driving force for me to use the streets as a medium for expression. That was four years ago, and since then I’ve always been active and present on the streets, continuing the process of growth and change.
Neocha: What is the Prasad Project about?
Kiran: The word “Prasad” is a Sanskrit term that means sweet offering that is given during prayers in a Hindu temple. We named our project after this because it’s our offering to the people through the medium of street art. Also, the first hero that we painted as a mural for our project, Laxmi Prasad Devkota, has the middle name “Prasad,” and that seemed fitting with our idea.
With this project, we hope to tackle one of the major contemporary problems being faced in our country: youth migration. Nepal has had a long history of political turmoil in addition to a worsening economic situation. A lot of our young people travel to the gulf and other countries to work as migrant workers in the hopes of a better life and income. Sadly, this has resulted in a brain drain in Nepal, and the bad living standards and unsafe working conditions abroad have only made the situation worse. Every day, the dead bodies of our migrant workers return back to Nepal.
Neocha: How does Prasad use street art to address the problem of youth migration in Nepal?
Kiran: The project tries to communicate that it’s possible for young people to be successful and to have a fulfilling life here in Nepal. One of our main themes is hometown heroes. Heroes are people who are born and raised in Nepal and have stayed here, making a difference in the country through their respective fields. Through their work, they’ve made a mark on the country, or even on the world. In order to commemorate them and inspire the youth, we paint public spaces with murals of these local heroes.
Since street art is a medium of the youth and so highly visible to the general public, it becomes a very powerful medium to talk about these issues. Street art is relatively new in Nepal, so it also spreads the message that with creative ideas, a DIY attitude, and new mediums of expression, it’s possible to solve our problems. We work with the youth directly, so it makes it easier to get this information out into the community.
Neocha: What are the current and future plans for the Prasad Project?
Kiran: We’re now in the second phase of the Project, and we’ve continued to travel to different regions of the country in order to spread our message. In each city we visit, we conduct workshops with local youth to teach them street art, and we collaborate with them to paint two murals of local heroes. It’s a great way to take the skills that they’ve learned and try them out on the streets. It’s also a way for us to speak to the public about the project, as a lot of people come up and ask us questions regarding the work. Every mural is different and unique because it comes from the vibe of that specific city and its youth. In the end, the work belongs to them. It’s their city and their responsibility, so I think we need to make them understand that.
We plan to do this until the end of 2016, covering five more cities with street art, workshops and exhibitions. We hope to continue the project even after that with new initiatives.
Trying to raise money for the reconstruction of the Nepalese art scene, shattered after the earthquake of earlier this year, NEAC (Nepal Europe Art Centre) – in collaboration with Kala Nest – exhibits today, Saturday 10 October 2015, in the lobby of the Stadschouwburg (the Amsterdam city theater) works of both Nepali and Dutch artists. A live video connection was established between the NEAC studio in Kathmandu and Amsterdam so artists could interact and see each others works and virtually join hands in this event.
NEAC foundation facilitates a cultural exchange between Nepali and European artists from different disciplines. The foundation organises projects, workshops and exhibitions in Nepal and the Netherlands.
Participating artists from Nepal are Tej Tatna Shakya, Sagar Manandhar, Tejesh Man Shrestha, Sundar Lama, Rabita Kisi, Sandhya Silwal, Muna Badel, Bikash Tamakhu, Laxman Bazra Lama, and Siddhartha Shrestha.
Dutch artists are Lisette Wissink, Sidyon Cucaro, Femke Woltering, D.I.T. De Vos Lama, Sayaka Abe, and Pablo Ponce.
The exhibition was opened by Dr. Edwin Luitzen De Vos and goes on into the night tonight.
I wish the NEAC actives and the participating artists much success and hope wholeheartedly that a good crowd will come and see (and buy!) the artworks. Thanks very much for your efforts to get this exhibit “Art For Nepal – Sculpting Possibilities” together and I hope to visit NEAC studio in Patan when I come to KTM in February of next year.
Even tough this blog really focusses on modern art of Nepal and then mostly painting, I do want to broaden my horizon from time to time to include photography, which of course is an artform in an of itself. In the last few weeks I was intrigued again and again by images created by Sunny Thapa, a young man from Kathmandu who is calling himself a “weekend photographer” as he holds a full-time job in a diplomatic mission and only goes shooting in his spare time. Decide for yourself how “professional” you consider his photos to be and enjoy the first of a series of photographic posts:
Hi Sunny, tell us about yourself!
I am 29 years old working for a diplomatic mission in Kathmandu, Nepal.
When did you start with photography?
It’s been 4 years now since I started taking pictures only after Iwas able to do some saving for my first DSLR ever. I got a used camera and accessories from a friend and worked with it for over a year. Within a year it gave me some award winning images and I even sold a few of my works. With the prize money and the sales I quickly went for an upgrade.
So when did you begin to take photography more seriously?
In early 2012 with the new and still limited gear I began to take photography more seriously and was deciding for an area that I could stick with and which I would enjoy the most…
… and what did that turn out to be?
After having my kid in August 2012, I realised that I was polishing my skills in taking his pictures. This slowly attracted me into kids and portrait photography. But I won’t forget about the zeal of macro photography which was an is always there with me.
What kind of obstacles do you need to overcome in your artistic work?
Though working full time for a diplomatic mission (where people think they pay good) it is still tough to keep up with the latest gadgets and make your living in this part of the world. Hence I have to rely on used cameras and lens as I am not making much out of photography.
Did you have any formal training?
I never had formal classes on Photography but I attended photowalks conducted by Om Yadav, where I was able to get to know my camera better and get the knowledge from him as he shared his experience. Youtube and Google has been a huge help and letting me experiment new tricks and methods on photography.
Any last words, Sunny?
… I call myself a Weekend Photographer as most of the time I do photography on weekends and holidays only.
Thank you, Sunny, and very good luck in your work in the future!
Last weekend I had the pleasure to be part of the 2-day Bloggers Conference in the Amsterdam CASA400 hotel, organized by MeetTheBlogger. What a fabulous event, so well organized and totally interesting. Amongst the more than 150 bloggers (mostly women, mostly Dutch, but with a strong German contingent and a number of English speaking participants) I was probably the oldest!
But it was great fun to be among all these creative people, focussing mostly on interior, lifestyle, creativity, cooking, gardening, travel, and parenting (some cool “mommy blogs there) instead of MODERN ART & MODERN LIFE OF NEPAL. We mingled in the breaks enjoying great coffee and tasty and healthy snacks and very fine lunch menues.
The opening presentation was by the lovely sisters of “A beautiful mess”, a mega successful blog from the U.S. which I have been following for quite a while. Their keynote focused on “dream, make, grow” and Elsie and Emma shared openly about the history and present status of their work. Such cool gals!
In two “break-out sessions” participants could then learn everything about color forecasting, crafting with a messy box, making their own zines, fixing their mistakes on Pinterest, and getting tips on photography for bloggers (a very fine workshop by Ankie from Zilverblauw blog from which I got a lot of inspiration. A second round offered presskit insiders tips, ideas on making gift labels with relief print, business tools to help build the blog empire, SEO optimization, and tips to create graphic art work.
The highlight of the afternoon was then the very personal and colorful talk of inimitable Yvonne Eijkenduin of Yvestown blog about finding her way into blogging and carrying on with her brand without losing herself!
Sunday started with an award ceremony, quite moving and lovely to see the joyful faces of the winners of the VTwonen MTB award and MTB audience award, followed by a presentation by Igor Josifovic and Judith de Graaf from Urbanjunglebloggers about growing a community and letting it thrive. To watch these two blogger friends, Igor from Berlin and Judith from Paris, and see what they have created with their bloggers platform focusing on bringing green into the interior, to see their love of plants, their craftsmanship, and their passion in what they are doing was for me one of the most inspiring moments of the weekend.
Every month Judith and Igor and many other bloggers from around the globe share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs, and green tips & tricks. In not much more than a year’s time they have grown a communit of more than 700 bloggers from all over the world! I don’t have a very strong relationship with plants, it’s been my husband’s diligence so far taking care of the few houseplants we do have – but I am totally inspired now, so watch what will happen with Nepali art and greens!!! Don’t hold your breath, but I am already working out in my head how a NepalNow art & plants blog will look like …
Another “break-out session” treated me to a sea of knowledge on how to create viral social media content while others enjoyed making their own papercuts, creating Instagram proof flower arrangements, improved their mobile photography, and learned how to monetize their blogs and social channels.
A very slick and inspiring presentation of Lars Lyse Hansen of Bolia.com on design and creativity rounded the afternoon off …
… and even leaving wasn’t so painful as we got treated to wonderful goodiebags by the cool and generous sponsors Brabantia, Fatboy, Bolia, Sentione, VTwonen, Flexa, Zanox, and Funnythatflowerdothat! Thanks to everyone, especially, and with a deep bowing down in respect, to the team of MeetTheBlogger!!!
The folks at TINGS, Thomas and Annette, don’t miss Copenhagen – but they miss their friends and the local art and culture scene there that is among the best in Europe.
On 9th October They are privileged to get a small relief from their longing. At 5 pm they open “Home Sick Blues II” with art from friends and resident artists at one of the best hubs in downtown Copenhagen, Byens Kro.
Like its predecessor Home Sick Blues I back in 2012 the works will be from some of the most interesting and happening Danish artist right now:
As Thomas puts it: “All artists and their works have one thing in common: We love them all! The works will of course be for sale – unless we buy everything ourselves.”
Before the opening (5:00 to 8:00 PM) there is an artist talk by Aditya Aryal. On August 31st Aditya Aryal returned from a very succesful 3 months Art Tour d’Europe that brought him to Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Schwitzerland & France, where he created art, was introduced to galleries and met a lot of art people. Part of his busy schedule was a pop-up exhibition at Byens Kro in Down Town Copenhagen – the art hub where the artists that exhibit at Home Sick Blues 2 come from.
Home Sick Blues II opens same day at 5 pm.
TINGS is happy to to invite Aditya Aryal to share his experience from his Art Tour. Like the rest of the Kathmandu Arts Scene they are very curious to hear about his impressions and how the trip has benefited his work as an artist. Limited seats.
I haven’t posted in a very long time, and this is the reason why: today it’s exactly 11 weeks ago that I fell and broke my RIGHT arm!
I was in Hamburg for a girls’ weekend and just after a wonderful yoga session I caught my foot in a plastic loop that lay on the ground and I feel like a tree onto my right shoulder, breaking the bone right beneath the shoulder joint, ending up in hospital, being operated (plate and 8 screws) and pretty helpless for a few days.
But I did all I could for a quick recovery. Immediately started physiotherapy, added massage and osteopathy … and was able to go on vacation inspite of the lame arm! After almost 4 weeks driving all over the Balkan to the Southernmost point of the Greek mainland with my husband I went back to work rested if not totally back in shape. The typing I needed to do at work was more than enough and I decided to take another few weeks to get well enough for posting on the blog!
So here I am again, with very little pain and discomfort left in the arm, and I am gearing up for new posts and for a very special treat this weekend, meeting other bloggers at the AMSTERDAM BLOGGERS CONFERENCE! It’s two days of lectures and workshops with almost 100 of us. Most of the gals (I will keep count of the men, if there are any, for you) focus on interior, travel, and lifestyle – so I will be a bit of an oddity with my focus on “modern life & modern art of Nepal”. But there will surely be loads to learn and to (re)-motivate me for the blogging on this platform …
Below you see me all happy the day before the fall, in the hospital ready for the operation,
and the last one back home, without sling - but still black & blue!