South Asian art expo kicks off in capital
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, July 16: A two-day exhibition of artworks created by South Asian Artists kicked off at Nepal Art Council at Babar Mahal on Sunday.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali inaugurated the exhibition amid a special ceremony.
The exhibition is a part of the 1st South Asian International Art Camp Nepal-2018 hosted by Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).
The art camp had been inaugurated by Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari on July 11.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the exposition, NAFA chancellor Ragini Upadhyaya said that she had a dream to initiate an international art event in Nepal during her tenure and it would be held every three years.
Upadhyaya further said that the NAFA organised the event to nurture and strengthen the feelings of love, friendship and closeness among the SAARC countries.
Sharing his experience about the art camp, senior Bangladeshi artist and assistant director of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Ashraful Alam Paplu said that the event helped share knowledge and experience among the participating artists from the six SAARC countries.
Paplu also said that such an event also helped enhance cultural ties among the countries in the region.
Altogether 64 artists, 45 from Nepal and 19 from six other SAARC countries -- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka-- are participating in the art camp. Artists from Maldives could not participate in the camp.
The event had been held in Kathmandu and Pokhara on July 11 and 13 respectively. Nepali artists along with the ones from other SAARC countries took part in the Kathamndu camp while only the artists from other SAARC countries participated in the Pokhara camp.
More than 80 paintings created by the participating Nepali and other artists have been kept on display.
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