Stories By 'Timothy Aryal'
It’s no news that Kathmandu’s theatregoers have a penchant for slapstick humour. Give them some and they will embrace it with hearty laughs even if the execution is sometimes half-baked. This has led to, as some critics have pointed out, directors often forcibly inserting humour where it is not warranted, breaking up a play’s rhythm and taking it off into tangents.
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Two Nepali plays, Upiya ko Nibandha and Mr Fox and Schoolboy, were staged at the maiden Kolkata International Children’s Theatre Festival, currently held at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata, India.
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It’s an overcast evening and Bipin Karki is at a studio in Anamnagar that he has been frequenting to finalise the sound mixing for Hari, his latest film. With a disarming personality and an infectious smile, it is at times hard to believe that in three short years since his breakthrough with Pashupati Prasad, Karki has become one of the most bankable stars in the Nepali film industry. But even Karki—who exudes no aura you’d associate with filmstars—is aware that he is not the typecast of what a ‘hero’ in a film should look, or behave, like.
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The newly-opened theatre house in Pokhara, Gandharva Theatre based in Gairepatan, started its second staging on Thursday.
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A Hindu priest must compulsorily be sneaky and greedy. A man sporting long hair or dreadlocks must be inclined towards alcohol, or worse drugs. A girl wearing a short skirt must be conceited and speak with a superficial accent.
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Talk show host, model, playwright and now novelist Shivani Singh Tharu’s debut novel Kathamanduma Ek Din was launched amid a function held at Russian Culture Center in Kamalpokhari, Kathmandu, on Tuesday.
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