Stories By 'Timothy Aryal'
This week saw the opening of a new theatre house in Kathmandu, the Kunja Theatre. As its debut production, the theatre house is currently staging A Madman’s Diary.
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A large share of credit for Kathmandu’s vibrant theatre culture goes to director Sunil Pokharel, who is often called the “Pioneer of Modern Nepali Theatre”, and for good reason.
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How often is it that we get to see films, novels or plays set in the Himalayas? Instantly a couple come to mind—the 1999 film Caravan or the more recent Everest (2015).
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The full name of the title character of the play Bhagwat Tole ma Bholaram is, wait for it, Bholaram Alpabiram. As punctuations go, period is bold, conclusive and final.
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In a rare instance for Kathmandu’s theatre scene, a play almost entirely in Maithili, titled Kashidevi, is currently on stage at Sarwanam Theatre in Kalikasthan.
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Women in Nepal have been harassed and abused but how often is that we see the stories of women, as experienced by women, brought to the fore of the cultural dialogue by films, theatre or the media?” asks Gunjan Dixit, theatre practioner and the co-founder of Katha Ghera, a theatre group.
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