Arts & Entertainment

Celebrating The spirit of Khajuraho

A new video surfaced on May 2, 2018 starring two stunning Indian models; Farrah Kader and Elinor Chhris. The video showcased the glory of Sexuality in the Indian subcontinent. Although the video is titled the spirit of Khajuraho, only the Kama and Moksha parts are displayed in the video. The other two symbols; Dharma & Artha, seem to be absent.

Nonetheless, the artistic piece produced by Hummingbee Media and Entertainment is carefully crafted to accentuate the rich history of arts, culture and sexuality in the Indian subcontinent. The overall presentation is fabulous and soothing. It is directed by Surendra Hirawale.

Khajuraho Group of Monuments in Madhya Pradesh, India is famous for its Hindu & Jain temples and intricate art pieces carved on the stone-walls of the temple. Few of the art pieces account for erotic sculptures depicting the sexual positions described in Kamasutra, ancient text on sex.

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CLUB 7; My First Theatrical Play

I am involved in my very first theatrical play called “Club 7” currently, after I completed my theater/acting workshop at Mandala Theater Nepal, one of the most prestigious and genuine theater school in Nepal. The play is directed by Dayahang Rai, one of the leading actors in Nepal, and Rajan Khatiwada, a leading theater artist.


About the Play

CLUB 7 Theatrical Play

CLUB 7, Theatrical Play

Club 7 is an absurdist play with the satirical gist to it. It is based on contemporary city lifestyle and mainly highlights the everyday issues of city dwellers.

There are 3 different stories, all of which take place in the same party banquet hall, a posh banquet attracting the bests of the town located in the center of Kathmandu city.

Although absurd in nature, the theme accurately portrays people’s need for materialistic pleasure, social prestige and public recognition at any cost whatsoever; while highlighting their everyday crisis of identity, recreation and money, all in one place.

The banquet hall is specifically chosen as play’s backdrop mainly because it is the most happening place in the city lately where people from each social and economic background assimilate to enjoy certain occasion or to find their place in the social hierarchy.

Workshop/Process

Prior to the theatrical play, I was involved in the 3 months Acting workshop with Mandala Theater Nepal. The workshop primarily focused on intensive theater and acting. Here, I had an utmost experience of exploring my artistic side. There were lots of of elements of theater to cover at a shorter time, hence, the classes were completed in a rush. However, the overall process was effective and to the point.

The voice/speech, improvisational acting, text/reading, physical exercises/dance, playback theater, stage and presence were the major theatrical courses covered. Theater Acrobatics, Storytelling, Mime, aesthetics, observation and others subjects were introduced as well.

The classes were conducted by the experts in the field; Rajan Khatiwada, Somnath Khanal, Rajkumar Pudasaini, Bikash Joshi, Bijay Baral, Namrata KC, Dayahang Rai, RK Mehta, Renuka Karki, Jack Guru, Pradeep Choudhary, Juliya and Najir Hussain.


Takeaway

Jomsom

Jomsom-Muktinath Limited

A trip lasting one week, I made it from Pokhara to Jomsom and Muktinath. Jomsom is a small town located in the Mustang region of Nepal. Due to its remote location, the region is discreet in nature. It is 67 km away from the tourist-city of Pokhara.


Pokhara – Jomsom

You can take a private/public vehicle to Jomsom, which may take around 10-11 hrs; or better you can take a flight to Jomsom which lasts hardly 30 mins. (Flights aren’t available for Nepalese or domestic tourists during travel season, unless they pay for the tourist reserved seats which are worth over $100)

Jomsom marks the beginning of the arid and dry landscape which reaches until Tibet in the north through Lo Manthang.


Jomsom – Muktinath

Muktinath is a small town located 21 km away from Jomsom. The place is mostly visited by the Hindu/Buddhist pilgrims throughout the year. Due to the huge influx of both domestic and foreign tourists, the place is well developed.

It’s a custom for the devotees to take a shower in the 108 stone-taps inside the Muktinath temple. The freezing water is believed to cleanse ones soul.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

The former royal complex at the center of Bhaktapur district is known as the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It contains a palace, courtyards, historic monuments and numerous temples dedicated to various gods. The entire complex, along with Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square, were included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

After Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur is the 2nd most visited tourist destination. It suffered a huge loss during the major earthquake of 2015.

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Exploring the Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath stands for “Lords of all animals.” The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva (One of the Hindu Trinity) and also known as the lord of animals. A stone bull in a crouching position marks the insignia of the temple.

It’s located at the heart of Kathmandu. The area of Pashupatinath encompasses 264 hectares of land including 518 temples and monuments. Due to its historical and social importance, the entire site was added in the UNESCO Heritage Site in 1979.

There isn’t certain date signifying the origin or creation of the temple. The earliest evidence of the temple dates back to 400 AD. The current temple was constructed or renewed in the 15th Century by the Lichhavi king of Kathmandu. Since, then many renovations have taken place; along with many temples, shrines built inside the premise.