Sonam Lama

The contributor for Republica.


Published On: January 17, 2019 12:25 PM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Perhaps I preferred canvas to my face, Perhaps the smooth texture Well-blended in the prints of my fingers,


Published On: January 12, 2019 12:43 PM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Striding along the forest avenue The steps prolonged without any clue Unkempt tresses, fire engulfing-eyes Shedding lies

Hakparey resonates at Shilpee

Published On: January 9, 2019 05:21 PM NPT By: Sonam Lama

We have heard the soul-pleasing rendition of Sarangi by the Gandharvas and observed Gurungs and Tamangs dancing to Ghatu and Selo beats. But the traces of how such folk music kept evolving with time proves as a landmark in preserving the cultures that are on the verge of extinction.

Journey to unraveling the unknown

Published On: January 8, 2019 12:11 PM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Soon after enrolling in Business Administration for a year, Anuj Ghimire realized that banking was not his cup-of-tea. Studying science in high school was the only saving grace that could link him back with the world of zoology.

‘Hyaye’ for Hyolmo culture preservation

Published On: December 30, 2018 10:28 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, Dec 30: Hyaye Cultural Program was observed on Saturday at the premises of Nepal Hyolmo Society Service Association, Kathmandu, with the view of preserving the ancient cultures of the Hyolmo community.The program is annually organized in order to celebrate the cultural unity and preserve the ancient traditions that are on the verge of extinction. The occasion saw active participation of youths and elderly members.

Against public transport ordeals

Published On: December 27, 2018 11:36 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, Dec 27: On a random September evening, 24-year-old Sukriti Sherchan (name changed) took a bus from Sundhara. Like everyday, she took out her ear phones to tune to her phone playlist. Tucked herself to the second-row window seat, she sat facing the window. The moment she spared a glance around the bus, a man next to her exhibited his private part. 'I did not know how to react. It filled me with disgust and fear.

Photography to resurrect culture

Published On: December 25, 2018 11:00 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

He captured color photographs in the late 1950’s long before it actually emerged in Nepal-in early 1970’s.

Experts interact on Reproductive Health Rights

Published On: December 23, 2018 11:34 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, Dec 23: In order to draw its focus on the legal and social challenges relating to Women’s Reproductive Health Rights, National Women Commission organized an interactive session on Friday at Indreni Foodland, Baneshwar.

A modern-day nomad

Published On: December 18, 2018 10:47 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Running away from home at 13, Riddie Ghale barely knew that the journey he embarked on would end up in the tourism industry. Originally from Dhading, he started initially worked as a porter for seven years before being certified as a trek guide.

When dreams turn powerful

Published On: December 16, 2018 12:42 PM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, Dec 16: Eleven-year-old Sonam Dolma blushed as the superstar of her dreams, Rajesh Hamal approached her. It is rarely an ordinary meeting for a girl who grew up without TVs in Upper Dolpa. However, she still remembers the action-packed kicks of Rajesh Hamal that she witnessed in a handful of Nepali films.

Hands that weave culture

Published On: December 13, 2018 12:45 PM NPT By: Sonam Lama

BHAKTAPUR, Dec 13: When the cozy sun shines over the Taulachhey tole, Bhaktapur in an approaching winter, a community of women gathers to carry out their daily knitting. With every finger spinning magic with the colorful yarns, they enclose a fragment of their culture in every making. For 62-year-old Nhuchhey Lachhimi, knitting has become a part of her daily living and a medium to escape boredom.

Filming beyond limitations

Published On: December 11, 2018 09:06 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Cameras always stole his glance to the cycles that he sold as a young boy. Although raised in a family who made their living through business, Ravi Sayami was passionate about photography. His interest nurtured as he started working with Nikon FM2 camera that he bought from his pocket money. While excelling in landscape photography, he gradually developed his interest in cinematography.

Reflections of Magar communities at Kunja

Published On: December 5, 2018 11:32 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Named after its protagonist, the play ‘Lilame Mailo’ centers on the societal struggle of a young character, Maila. He is one of the young and eligible bachelors whose naivety makes him fall prey to circumstances that affect his personal, social and psychological well-being.

Engineering sounds in films

Published On: December 4, 2018 09:36 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

He grew up fascinated to the technical and aesthetic essence of music. However, studying sounds and music was actually that caught his fancy. Having spent about a decade in sound designing and film mixing, Uttam Neupane has left immense impressions in the Nepali film industry. He was the sound designer  for films including ‘Mero Euta Sathi Chha’, ‘Mission Paisa’, ‘Loot’, ‘Talakjung Vs. Tulke’, ‘Jerry’ to name a few.

Global Arts collaboration in Patan

Published On: December 3, 2018 02:05 PM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, Dec 3: Patan is well known for its rich architectural antiquity. The city has evolved as an intersection of art and culture. If you stroll around the locality, you may easily behold rich cultures and numerous traces of creativity adorned in the walls.

Five winter flavors of Bouddha

Published On: December 1, 2018 10:47 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, Dec 1: Winter is nearing and sipping on hot beverages daily won’t suffice your cold tummy. When warm and hot broths are heavily discussed, the salivating soupy aromas of the Himalayas ranging from Tibetan and Sherpa cuisines can hardly be missed out. Foods share an age-long history and the traces of people’s evolvements through times. Serving to varied gastronomy that we know of today, Bouddha is one of the repositories of a variety of cuisines that have been witnessing popular food culture and practices.  Warm foods are certain to make your mood after a long day of hectic work. It is also effective especially in beating the winter cold.

A science and spiritual amalgamation

Published On: November 27, 2018 09:08 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Working at the intersection of arts and research, Bharat Giri finds his ideas no far from science. A researcher in spiritual science, his work is keenly crafted in intensive studies on subjects that are interlinked with human mind, behavior and existence. His early interest in contrastingly different subjects started as a Bsc. Student and a meditation practitioner two decades ago. Having graduated in culture in 2012, he recently earned a degree in Buddhism studies from Tribhuvan University in 2018. He successfully participated in International Scientific Conference held in Kathmandu in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

5 things about Rajan Mukarung

Published On: November 26, 2018 10:17 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

A poet, novelist and teacher, Rajan Mukarung is an eloquent intellectual. Originally from the hilly district of Bhojpur, his early success in writing won him numerous accolades. Awarded with Kirat Puraskar Samman for novel ‘Hechhakupa’, Pahichan Puraskar for ‘Ferido Saundarya’ and Madan Puraskar for ‘Damini Bhir’ in 2012, he is currently dedicated to the publishing his next volume, ‘Ayogya’  soon this year.

Let’s talk about Post-Defecation now!

Published On: November 19, 2018 12:33 PM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, Nov 19: Can you imagine frantically rushing a kilometer just to use a toilet every day? This is the reality that 40-year-old Rita Shahi, a resident of Bhimukteshwor near Bishnumati bridge, Teku, has been facing for the past eight years now. When she feels the nature’s call, getting to the nearest toilet seeks solution to a tough challenge for the day. “Whenever possible, I rush to one of the public toilets nearby. At other times, toilets at the vegetable market in Kalimati serve to my needs of urgency.

Speaking through visuals

Published On: November 13, 2018 09:36 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Loquacious with his thoughts and views, Dinesh Raut believes in speaking through his film visuals. He set off his professional journey with the   NTV Serial ‘Diary’ in 1997. He worked as an assistant director in the movie ‘Mero Euta Sathi Cha’ before moving into directing.  He debuted as a director with ‘I am Sorry’ in 2012. Further helming films like ‘November Rain’, ‘Classic’, and his 2017 directorial ‘Parva’ garnered much accolades in the industry.