KATHMANDU, AUG 20 – An exhibition of paintings and photographs titled Fragments of Mustang is currently underway at Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal. This exhibition is a part of Manang Youth Society’s ongoing project to promote tourism and disseminate information about this region through the medium of art.
In order to carry out the exhibition, the society organized a ten-day field tour of Mustang for the participating artists and a photographer. The participating artists were Erina Tamrakar, Sunita Rana, Bidhata KC, Bipana Maharjan, Puja Maharjan Rajbhandari, while Sajana Shrestha was the participating photographer. The exhibition includes paintings and photographs that capture various aspects of the Mustangi lifestyle and environment.
During their stay in Mustang, the artists worked individually on themes they found exciting. Tamrakar, for example, was fascinated by the fact that every house, monastery and road was built on the foundation of stones, and hence decided to convey the importance of stones and rocks in Mustangi life.
Similarly, KC was impressed by the texture of whitewashed walls seen in every house and monastery in the region, which is done using the pigments unique to Upper Mustang. “It seems these walled houses capture the spiritual essence of the surrounding,” she said.
The exhibition was inaugurated by the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhim Prasad Acharya. The minister was visibly impressed by the exhibition and hailed the effort to promote Mustang via the medium of arts.
Chairman of Manang Youth Society, Tripple P Gurung, said that the society was buoyed by the response and plans to launch more such endeavours.
The exhibition is on till tomorrow.
Posted on: 2014-08-20 08:43