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Why 23-year old Sujit is into traditional Paubha art?

Why 23-year old Sujit is into traditional Paubha art?

- by Sangita Shrestha

For him creating paubha painting is his way of letting the world know about the country’s culture and tradition. He said, “We use various religious motifs of gods and goddess from Lichchhavi and Malla era,...

Dedicating life for cultural heritage

Dedicating life for cultural heritage

- by Sangita Shrestha

“Life is not only for enjoyment. We need to think for our country and being a citizen here it’s our duty to contribute toward the country.” ...

Trust the Inner Light

Trust the Inner Light

- by Shahin Sunuwar Rasaili

“Most of the blind people can walk and read without light. We do not have to close our eyes to meditate or concentrate,” said Sarita Lamichhane. ...

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Rising through derogatory remarks

Rising through derogatory remarks

- by Shahin Sunuwar Rasaili

“I just wanted to prove to the people of my community where I came from; a place where I witnessed women violence, child marriage and girls trafficking.

'Others' still undefined

'Others' still undefined

- by Shahin Sunuwar Rasaili

Esan Regmi was born in the far- western village of Bajura. He was born different. Only in his teens, his body showed masculine features. “I was born with a vagina and was raised as a girl child.

The Happy Junction

The Happy Junction

- by Shahin Sunuwar Rasaili

People have a lot of grudges against this city. Despite them cursing Kathmandu for being too crowded, dusty, and packed with vehicles, Kathmandu is truly ‘a melting pot of people.

Food lovers

Food lovers

- by Shahin Sunuwar Rasaili

Five years back, they met in a cooking class at Jawalakhel. Both were from different places. They held similar interests and attended the same class.

Born different, Born able

Born different, Born able

- by Shahin Sunuwar Rasaili

‘K herya’ is the sticker in my phone to show when people stare at me for too long,” says Rewati.

Spreading Happiness with a Sarangi

Spreading Happiness with a Sarangi

- by Shahin Sunuwar Rasaili

Bukund Gandharva is 49. He is a musician- a Sarangi player. He first held the instrument as a kid. He then got keenly interested and finally learnt how to playing Sarangi. “I have played the Sarangi since I was a kid.

A girl in the crowd

A girl in the crowd

- by Shahin Sunuwar Rasaili

“In this big crowd of people and concrete buildings, this is no place to seek silence unlike I do in my village”.

Seto Machhindranath temple’s youngest teen priest

Seto Machhindranath temple’s youngest teen priest

- by Shahin Sunuwar Rasaili

“I grew interest in our culture when I was a child. I used to play games pretending to carry khat (palanquin), pulling chariot and sit in the chariot. Only when I turned 17, I got the chance for the first time to carry the actual khat. I liked it and volunteered for the second time. And this year I got to carry it again. Deep inside I feel I should follow tradition to preserve our cultural heritage. As long as I stay in Kathmandu, I am willing to be devoted to the deity,” says Shakya.

Life under a tree

Life under a tree

- by Shahin Sunuwar Rasaili

“My husband and son died due to lack of health facilities in my village. And. At that time, there was a belief that one should not be given water or any liquid to the person who is suffering from diarrhea. Thus, we did not give him enough water and he died due to dehydration. I lost my two-year old son as well due to lack of health facilities.”

Generation of artisans

Generation of artisans

- by Shahin Sunuwar Rasaili

“When I see my two sons aged 10 and 12 holding hammer and tools to carve stones. It reminds me of my childhood. Looking at them, it made me think about my initial days of stone carving,” said Surya. He has always worked around the places surrounded by grand monuments and structure. He worked at Hanuman Dhoka for 6 years and it has been 10 years in Patan and he still is continuing the work. Prior to that, he carved stone slates and paved structures in Banepa, Panauti, Manakamana and many more.

Her Story

Her Story

- by Shahin Sunuwar Rasaili

“During my childhood days, I always wanted to be like a girl. And I used to wear my mother’s scarf and acted like a girl. While growing up, I was beaten up for behaving in such manner. Meanwhile, I had no idea why I was like that who wanted to look like a female and why I was attracted to male, being a male,” expressed Alisha, 17-year-old transgender.

Visions of a bio-medical engineer

Visions of a bio-medical engineer

- by Shahin Sunuwar Rasaili

“I boiled the egg, taught children and we ultimately shared it among the nine of us. I also recall going to fill up water with one of my students, Nima Dhondup. All these happenings have taught me kindness, appreciation and many things that I feel thankful about which I had previously taken for granted,” says Sanjay.

Spreading joy through art

Spreading joy through art

- by Shahin Sunuwar Rasaili

“Whoever sees it, I want them to experience happiness looking at it. I create with my free will without thinking much about what the society is going to say about my art and how they look at my profession.

A guy with the strings

A guy with the strings

- by Shahin Sunuwar Rasaili

“My elders in the family told me I sang beautifully during my childhood. And I got influenced by my friends to pick guitar as my instrument. We practiced guitar together. One day, when I was in grade nine I found Rs 10,000 at home. And without thinking about whose money was that I rushed toward guitar store and bought my first guitar.”

Living a dream, doing everything

Living a dream, doing everything

- by Shahin Sunuwar Rasaili

“After reaching the village and interacting with them I found, my sufferings were nothing in comparison to the problems they were facing. And this helped me to heal.”