Stories By 'Nhooja Tuladhar'
If you happen to pass in or out of Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur, of late, you are bound to encounter at least a few artists busy working on either one of the facades of the gate, painting.
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You take your shoes off before entering Kaalo 101. The cold from the terracotta tiled floor is for everybody to soak in. Also, the gesture makes you feel like you are entering somebody’s home, not a gallery.
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For a Kathmandu resident who lived in the city in the 90s and the early years of the millennium, Anil Sthapit’s workspace—a modestly-sized third-floor apartment in a building opposite to Ranjana Shopping Centre’s entrance—is like a time machine.
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A visit to Siddhartha Art Gallery in Babermahal in the next few weeks will set you up for an encounter with some large-scale paintings depicting, mostly centrally composed, nude human figures painted using a palette dominated by hues of ochre, umber and sienna.
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As the play Laati ko Chhoro progresses, Kishan Shrestha can be seen constantly changing tunes—and beats—as he switches between instruments. In one scene, he is singing along with one of the play’s characters;
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Ask artist Nabendra Limbu about his painting process and he’ll give you a detailed rundown—from canvas stretching to the final layer of paint—as if he is talking about life incidents.
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