Stories By 'Kurchi Dasgupta'
Intriguing is the word, an adjective, that came to my mind as One World Theatre’s newest production Brief Candle by the Indian playwright Mahesh Dattani drew to an emotional close.
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Starting off with a summer camp involving children and young artists and ending with a roundtable that explored contemporary feminist discourse in this country, Nexus Culture Nepal (and Lasanaa) in Bakhundole led us through a week packed with art, theatre, films, performances, rallies and conversations in early August.
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When I walked into Siddhartha Gallery last week, I had no idea what to expect of the latest showing—when I walked out, what I had seen surprised and inspired me.
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I remember ending my last piece with these words: ‘Let’s take another step forward to a time when life for humankind has ceased altogether and turn back to this time, this Sunday morning in June in the year 2018. If we were to, what would we have changed?’ On this morning, I will delve a little deeper into that idea and perhaps even lure you into yet another rabbit-hole in time.
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A few months ago I remember mentioning in this column about how the Earth is now in a new geological age because humankind itself has turned into a major, catastrophic geological force, a force which is surely heading us towards the planet’s collapse and our own eventual extinction. And I could not help but wonder how our shifting understanding of the age we live in is already defining the course of contemporary art. This is a question that must be on the minds of many of us today.
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The exhibition at Siddhartha Art Gallery that started on the 24th of last month, and currently on show, is a collection of paintings by Prithvi Shrestha, the first recipient of a newly instituted bursary by the Himalayan Light Foundation, founded by senior Chinese artist Zhao Jianqiu in 2015.
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