Stories By 'Sanjeev Uprety'
It should be a space for transformation for Dalits and non-Dalits, men and women
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Tags: opinion
Kathmandu Triennale launched its inaugural edition on March 24 and will run till April 9.
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Readings of Makai ko Arkai Kheti (A Different Cultivation of Maize) is currently being staged in Theatre Village. As the author of the play who is also performing in it, I am engrossed in the dual issues of authorial freedom and responsibility these days, issues that the play raises in the context of a post-earthquake, contemporary Nepal. The play revisits Krishna Lal Adhikari’s late 19th century agricultural manual Makai Ko Kheti, which raised similar topics concerning freedom of speech in the modern Nepali context. While it is not clear whether Adhikari’s controversial book Makai ko Kheti was intended as a simple agricultural manual, or as a political satire, Rana officials decided that it was obviously the latter, and that red and white pests described by Adhikari in the manual were symbols of Rana rulers themselves.
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