Print Edition - 2015-05-26  |  Earthquake Relief

Art workshops for children

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 25, 2015-

The Nepal Acadcemy of Fine Arts, Naxal, is organising art workshops in different parts of country with the aim of helping women and children overcome the trauma inflicted by the Great Quake.

The first rounds of workshops were held in Harisiddhi-28, Lalitpur, and in the airport area on May 25. The programme held in Harisiddhi, titled the Children Arts and Sculpture Workshop, saw the participation by 35 children from different schools, and was facilitated by academy member Erina Tamrakar. Also participating in the programme were Chancellor Ragini Upadhyaya, Folk Arts Department Chief Subodhchandra Das, and Baastukala and Creative Arts Department Chief Narad Mani Hartamarchhali.

Likewise, in another programme held in the airport area, veteran sculptor Thakur Prasad Mainali conducted a sculpture-making workshop. Through the workshop, the academy aims to inspire children to indulge in art activities and forget the disaster. The programme also saw the participations by noted artists and scholars like Dhanbahadur Yakha, Subodhchandra Das, Pancha Ratna Dangol, Sudarshan Bikram Rana, Uttam Dangol and Sunita Rana. Dhanbahadur Yakha, Sculpture Department chief, said that he expected the workshops to motivate children to overcome the psychological distress brought about by the quake.

While the workshops are underway, the academy has recently completed the work of retrieving the artworks housed at NAFA building, which was damaged by the quake. According to Upadhyaya, half of the funds collected through the programmes that the academy will conduct over the year will be deposited to the NAFA Artist Relief Fund.

The workshops will continue for one week

Published: 26-05-2015 07:06

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