Stories By 'Sophia L Pande'
Growing up I didn’t really care about art. But to be more precise, it was more that I was unaware of it than uncaring of it. Our schooling systems were then, and are still, utterly ambivalent of the arts; to the extent that even studying literature is frowned upon, or perhaps, slightly more kindly: is regarded more as the pursuit of a dilettante rather than a true scholar.
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In 2011, the Oxford-trained historian Yuval Noah Harari wrote, with great insight, about humankind’s particular viciousness when it comes to how they treat the world around them.
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Last year, around this time, the Kathmandu Triennale and Srijanalaya developed a wonderful tool to help children and young adults navigate the Patan Palace as part of the art festival’s outreach programme.
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When it comes to our beloved temples, the majority of which are built in the traditional Newar style of architecture, we tend to think that these temples are emblematic of the intricate wood carving that adorns them, or the stone carvings, that are part of the make-up.
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It is almost three years now that the devastating earthquakes hit Nepal, ravaging and terrifying the people and the landscape. Rebuilding has been slow, the government lagging,
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The stories of the greatest artists are often those of adversity and speaking to Gopal Shrestha, the “Kalapremi”, or Art Lover, an epithet the artist uses himself to signify his life’s passion, is a rare experience for an art historian.
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