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National Theatre Festival could have been a great event—but it fell short

Abani Malla 26 Jun 07:00 AM

The seven-day long festival tried to be diverse and inclusive—but with limited staging, did it achieve what it set out to do? Read Full Story »

Why Anthony Bourdain still matters to everyone

Thomas Heaton 25 Jun 07:00 AM

He relished the unseen, explored the unknown, and gave his followers a taste of humanity. Read Full Story »

After generations as barbers and pedicurists, this Newar community is beginning to move on

Srizu Bajracharya 25 Jun 07:00 AM

With the younger generation embracing other professions, the tradition of naus and naunees is slowly dying out. Read Full Story »

A Nepali drag show, with an American touch

Chase Brush 12 Jun 03:42 PM

“We want to give the Nepali community the space to figure out what drag means for them.” Read Full Story »

How two Sikhs built Kathmandu’s water pipelines and laid its roads

Prawash Gautam 12 Jun 08:17 AM

These sardars--who left an indelible mark on Kathmandu’s infrastructure--struggled with their conflicted identities in their new home. Read Full Story »

Traditional Nepali tattoos dying amid modern ink culture

Rose Singh 06 Jun 06:30 AM

Traditional tattoos lacked details but were more about the communities’ spiritual beliefs, while modern tattoos are more about aesthetics.Read Full Story »

Creating a responsible fashion ecosystem

Sachitra Gurung 30 May 06:30 AM

How a few Kathmandu-based organisations are spearheading a sustainable fashion movement Read Full Story »

Five essential gadgets to shoot like a pro

Abani Malla 28 May 06:30 AM

Abin Bho shares his favourite gadgets he uses for filmmaking Read Full Story »

Umesh Shah lays bare his history, hopes and desires in ‘Rhythm in Roots’

Abani Malla 26 May 07:00 AM

In his latest exhibition, Umesh Shah gets as personal as one can get with his/her art--combining his childhood, admiration for women, and his thoughts on humanity Read Full Story »

The season finale shows that there are no real winners in the game of thrones

Thomas Heaton 21 May 06:30 AM

​​​​​​​After eight seasons and countless unexpected deaths, Game of Thrones comes to an end. But the finale leaves one question unanswered — what was it all for?Read Full Story »

Bhajans with a twist

Ramesh Chandra Adhikari 16 May 06:30 AM

They start playing a tune that is starkly similar to Aruna Lama’s timeless classic ‘Eh kanchha malai sunko tara khasai deu na’, but if you listen attentively, you will notice the romantic verses of the song have been replaced by ‘Hai Krishna malai mitho bansi sunaideu na.’ Read Full Story »

Mita, Ab Kona Chalab questions the Madhes-Pahad conflict through the eyes of an innocent, all-encompassing friendship

Sachitra Gurung 15 May 07:00 AM

One of the highlights of this representation is the presentation of the Chhath festival—primarily observed by the people in the lowland regions of the country—which is joyously celebrated by both Phoolchand's and Dil Bahadur’s families. Read Full Story »

Murals are everywhere but there is hardly any graffiti in Kathmandu

Thomas Heaton 04 May 07:00 AM

Street art, however, has a more visual bent and has been embraced in the form of commissioned murals on embassy, business or NGO walls around the Valley, mostly speaking to activism and ideas rather than the scathing social commentary that graffiti is often known for. Read Full Story »

The Battle of Winterfell is epic, confusing and emotional--all at once​​​​​​​

Pranaya Sjb Rana 30 Apr 06:30 AM

The final death in The Battle of Winterfell is unexpected. It is a quiet, sombre death that does not come from murder but from acceptance. Melisandre, The Red Woman, walks out into the snow, strips off the magical charm that’s been keeping her young, and collapses--dead. She fulfilled her purpose--she aided Azor Ahai, the Prince(ess) who was Promised. Only it wasn’t Stannis Baratheon and it wasn’t Jon Snow. It wasn’t even Daenerys or Jorah Mormont or Jaime Lannister. It was someone wholly unexpected.Read Full Story »

Rhythm and rhyme

Avasna Pandey 30 Apr 06:30 AM

Bhushita Vasistha’s recitation, with the music of a stellar ensemble, provided a moment of tranquility among the chaos of everyday life. Her recitation, it seemed, was asking the audience to just pause a little more and simply reflect.Read Full Story »

 It’s time to rethink the arts

Ayushma Regmi 20 Apr 07:00 AM

In my uninhibited foray into art, I have descended down the chaotic labyrinth of my untamed madness and, like Gibran, felt an urge to throw off my masks, put to test my inadequacies and fears, to breathe, to survive, to be. My madness has become my freedom. Read Full Story »

How one artist is using Mithila painting to challenge social norms

Tsering Ngodup Lama 13 Apr 07:00 AM

In 2013, 27-year-old Yadav completed her first-ever professional Mithila painting. In the middle of the painting is a man on a scale being weighed against several boxes, a car, a motorcycle, and jewelry--things that are normally given as part of a dowry. Read Full Story »

Metal music hasn’t disappeared in Kathmandu—it’s just not what it used to be

Timothy Aryal 11 Apr 07:00 AM

Metal might deal with teenage angst, frustration and anger, but it often tends to do so in an extreme fashion. For instance, one of Ugra Karma’s earliest and most popular of records, Chandal Saitaan, hints at the band’s affection with themes of gore and serial killing: Read Full Story »

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