Sangita Shrestha

The contributor for Republica.

A permanent home for a megalithic Manjushree

Published On: June 17, 2018 09:00 AM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

KATHMANDU, June 17: It is a delight to pose for photographs in front of decorative statues and colossal monuments. Who would want to miss it? Such pictures, with monuments in the background, tend to enhance portraits eventually qualifying for a spot on your Facebook, or Instagram page.

Sirjana-2018, a multifaceted art show

Published On: May 28, 2018 09:53 AM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

Sirjana-2018’, a collective art show, kicked off on May 25 at Nepal Art Council (NAC), Baber Mahal, representing the works of artists affiliated with the art gallery and Srijana College of Fine Arts.

Social apps youngsters’ platform for creativity and bonding

Published On: May 23, 2018 11:30 AM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

KATHMANDU, May 23: It is not surprising to see a teenager or anyone in their early twenties to hover around their cell phones and using various social media applications. Doing so, they are not only having fun but are also adherently growing their network with other fellow social media users.

Creating a cultural dialogue through heritage walk

Published On: April 21, 2018 09:00 AM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

This Thursday, locals of Chasan near Basantapur, Kathmandu, were seen taking selfies and photographs in front of wall-arts painted on their houses. There was an air of great fun and excitement as they were rejoicing and discussing the beautiful realistic art that was just created on their houses. They were saying how those artworks truly represented the area.

Expression-Expedition for conveying feelings

Published On: March 26, 2018 10:24 AM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

KATHMANDU, March 26: A woman in black clothes is moving her body in such a way that it seemed she is in great pain. In the tune of a subtle music, she is lying on the ground and slowly moving her hands and legs.

Art as a career and for wellbeing

Published On: March 11, 2018 12:31 PM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

It takes a lot of devotion and time to create an artwork, and establishing oneself as a professional in the art field has its own challenges. Moreover, one must be in good health and of sound mind, to cope with challenges that come along the way.

Donate skin to save lives

Published On: December 19, 2017 09:15 AM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Dec 19: While most of us are busy complaining about the lack of development in our country, many might not be aware that we have a skin bank in the capital city.

‘Nature Unwrapping’ Unveils Human Behavior

Published On: December 5, 2017 10:26 AM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: A group of artists unveiled their works of art at a painting exhibit titled ‘Nature Unwrapping’ that kicked off on December 1 at Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal. The exhibition, featuring 10 participating artists and three guest artists, is the result of a workshop organized by Devina Arts Promotion.

Loss of heritage is loss of living culture

Published On: November 28, 2017 10:19 AM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Nov 28: The idols of goddess Bal Kumari and Rudryani from the Rudrayani Temple in Khokana was stolen on the night of November 25. It is not the first case that the idols at this temple have been stolen. The idol of Bhairav was also robbed some two years ago and it is still missing. Before that, two more attempts of theft had occurred in the temple in the years 2033 BS and 2045 BS, but the locals had caught the thieves and restored the idols.

Celebrating Bala Chaturdashi

Published On: November 18, 2017 12:00 PM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Nov 18: There are many ceremonies and activities associated with human life. And there are some rituals or traditions that are done for the departed souls by their loved ones. Bala Chaturdashi is one such festivals celebrated in memory of the deceased family members.

Sakimana Puni for Love and Health

Published On: November 6, 2017 11:54 AM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

Sakimana Puni is celebrated by the Newar community every year on Kartik Sukla Purnima. This year, the festival was celebrated amid much fanfare on Saturday. Devotees pay homage to the moon on this festival. On this day, families eat boiled pidalu (taro root) and sweet potatoes.

Journey To Independence

Published On: November 5, 2017 09:46 AM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

Goma Rai can be found brewing hot tea at a small stall in Kel Tol, Ason. Fifty-year- old Goma has been selling tea for around three decades now. She is originally from Nuwakot. Selling tea is her everyday ritual as she wakes up as early as four in the morning and works at her tea stall till 7 pm.

Possibilities In Adversity: Capital’s First Aviation Museum

Published On: November 5, 2017 08:36 AM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Nov 5: It’s a childhood dream for many to become a pilot when they grow up,  but it takes a lot of hard work and determination to become one. Captain Bed Prasad Upreti is one such pilot who saw possibilities in adversity.

Watercolor trending among artists

Published On: October 10, 2017 08:58 AM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Oct 10: From little kids to renowned artists, everybody uses water color as it  is widely available and can be washed away easily. Though water color is used by all age groups, it is mostly favored by artists for they need not worry about dried paint and ruined brushes.

Barabarse Nardevi Swetkali Parba concludes

Published On: September 20, 2017 11:18 AM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

The Barabarse (12 years) Naradevi Swetkali Parba (festival) concluded on Saturday after masked dancers performed at Nasal Chowk of Hanumandokha in the presence of President Bidya Devi Bhandari. Earlier, the festival would be concluded in the presence of the king.

Flying Kites during Dashain

Published On: September 13, 2017 11:15 AM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

There is a certain thrill to flying kites. Colorful kites dotting the skies of Kathmandu used to be a sign that the Dashain festival is arriving. However, the tradition of flying kites with the onset of Dashain has gradually taken a backseat due to rapid urbanization and modern lifestyle. While kids are still enthusiastic about flying kites as a sport, adults mostly don’t participate. Attributed to either hectic schedule or mere lack of interest, today's generation rarely flies kites to mark one of the most prominent festivals.

Nepal Bhasa Movies Under Shadow

Published On: September 10, 2017 09:44 AM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Sept 10: Awards motivate most of the artists in the world as they are the reorganization of one’s hard work and talent. Moreover, awards make artists feel that their dedication is being noticed in the society.

Infinity in Cosmic Shades

Published On: September 6, 2017 09:13 AM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: A solo painting exhibition ‘Cosmic Shades’ by Sushila Singh is being showcased at Aaju Art Gallery in Sherpa Mall, Durbar Marg from Sunday. This is Sushila’s second solo painting exhibition where she has created 32 paintings using pen and ink on paper.

Tours with acts of benevolence

Published On: August 20, 2017 09:50 AM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

KATHMANDU, August 20: Each festival has its own significance and meaning in people’s lives. Saturday saw people from different walks of life coming together for themselves and others. While young cycle enthusiasts participated in ‘Ride Kasthamandap To Khokana’ to show support for the ongoing restoration and renovation of Khokana town, troupes of musicians from the Bahals of the Kathmandu Valley celebrated Gunla festival praying for everyone’s safety from floods and landslides during the monsoon season. Moreover, the Pancha Daan festival was also observed on Saturday by making donations to achieve Nirvana. An act of benevolence is the common thread binding all these celebrations.

Hadigaun-Maligaun area as potential Cultural tourism hub

Published On: August 8, 2017 12:48 PM NPT By: Sangita Shrestha

Hundreds of hitis or dhunge dharas (stone water spouts) are spread around the Kathmandu Valley. According to the research done by Dr Sandhya Khanal (Parajuli), lecturer at Central Department of Nepali History, Culture and Archaeology (NeHCA) at Tribhuvan University, there were 204 hitis in Kathmandu, 63 in Patan and 97 in Bhaktapur in 2073 BS.