Write-up on Kashi to kathmandu by Artist: Pinky Tripathi
Kashi to Kathmandu, a creative oasis to a bowl shaped valley in central Nepal was a magical 6 days trip from 1st to 6th of August, 2017. I think getting to know previously undiscovered cultures is a captivating idea for anyone to create something and having greater access to the treasures of long-hidden places with an amazing experience. Art camp supports the talented artisans who are involved to keep their customs alive. That was really a true “win-win” situation when I was selected for this Art Camp.
Nepal Lalitkala Manch, B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation and Lumbini World Peace Forum, assisted to visit Darbar Square, Bhaktapur, Changu narayan, Pashupatinath, Botanical garden, Bouddhnath Monastary and many nearby areas of Kathmandu. All artists and coordinators from India and especially from Nepal Lalkaji Lama (President of Nepal Lalitkala Manch), Artists: NB Gurung, Damodar Baral, Dipendra Banepali, Bijaya Maharjan and Basu Gautam (Founder of Lumbini World Peace Forum) are gratefully acknowledged for their humble assistance and coordination with all of us.
At the Pashupatinath temple we all are provided with colours and canvas to create what was in our mind at that time. It was strongly aimed to involve the artists in painting to provide opportunities to explore their artistic abilities and increase art awareness among the common people who were curious to know that what and why we are painting. Mrs. Shushma Rajbhandari reflected a warm welcome to all of us.
My curiosity in learning and searching while visiting various beautiful places, many temples, local markets and artist Bijaya Maharjan’s amazing gallery. I could never forget our warm welcome and on the other hand a deep artistic touch in Bijaya’s amazing sculptures, paintings as well as specific furnishings at the gallery.
Along with the excitement of discovering fascinating, exotic scenes for creating something personable, my artwork highlights the Inner peace, Spiritual enlightenment and Consciousness by watery effect to symbolize extreme purity of Divine holy feet to surrender ourselves as flower and raise our consciousness to hear heavenly sounds come into close proximity of realization and ultimately bring us sense of much togetherness with God.
There were already many artworks created like amazing wood carvings, unique masks, specific peacock windows and beautiful sculptures etc. It was a really good feeling to know we can also be part of preserving these precious traditions via cultural exchange program between two countries, concluded as proper fulfilment of the goal.
l am highly obliged to artist Padmini Mehta for her valuable guidance at every steps. I am also thankful to Mehta Art Gallery for taking initiative for such an International art camp. The camp fulfilled my adventurous wishes as it was the road journey on a hill station with many artists from India, very well managed accommodation in hotel Lemon tree with wonderful breakfast altogether with lot of unnecessary laughter as well as serious art discussions are really unforgettable moments. There I achieved to hone my talent in the form of a persuasive artistic temperament for the lifetime and every time to be creative. I wish and hope in future to attempt many more such beneficial art events in focused and professionally organised manner.