Stories Tagged 'Kathmandu'
Kathmandu has seen drastic changes in recent years. A Valley once known for its community spaces—and resting places—is now a clutter of bricks and concrete and corroded asphalt.
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In the early seventies, a group of young Dhankuteli theatre artists arrived in Kathmandu for the first time after undertaking what was at the time a long and arduous journey. This group performed the play ‘Tuwalole Dhakeko Aakash’ at the Academy Hall for a whole month after which the artists returned home—all except for one, Ashesh Malla, the writer of the play and someone who saw a future for himself and for Nepali theatre and literature in Kathmandu.
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By seven in the evening, a crisp, winter dusk is settling upon the vast expanse of Nandikeshwor Bagaincha in Naxal. The schools have been out for hours now and the children are home turning over the last pages of their assignments or finishing their dinners before bed. But at the south eastern tip of the ground, at Nandikeshwor Bahal, a group of students are only halfway through their classes—their heads bent over the books before them or affixed on a blackboard dimly lit by paraffin lamps. Their classes end only at 9:30 pm.
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Kathmandu on Friday.
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Kathmandu is perched on shaky ground; and its residents know it. Over the past millennia of recorded history, dozens of earthquakes—of varying magnitudes—have rumbled through the Valley, often leaving widespread casualties and destruction in their wake. But with each calamity, Kathmandu’s residents have stepped up to the plate, picked up the broken pieces and restored what was lost—its stunning architectural marvels renewed and passed on to the next generation for upkeep.
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When a school child is asked to draw a village house in art classes in Kathmandu, one could bank on them producing a two-storied mud mortar house with a slant roof made of either slate or straw. This archetypal pastoral home has been impressed onto young minds not just by art teachers but also the traditional homes that dot the landscape in Nepal’s mid-hills. But now, traveling into districts that hug Kathmandu from the north, you sense that this landscape is quickly changing.
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