Latest from Timothy Aryal
Artists decry the growing tendency to arrest musicians for their lyrical content as autocratic censorship
In the wake of singer Durgesh Thapa and rapper VTEN’s arrest, Nepali artists say that the police’s actions are alarming and people need to resist them.
Nepal’s prime minister has had it with the world using the word rhino
KP Sharma Oli wants the world to refer to rhino as gaida. But can the world even pronounce it?
What’s in a word? A tweet by the prime minister’s advisor sends Nepalis to the dictionary
The word “chhaunda”, many believed, was used to indicate ‘an agent of a witch.’
In yet another protectionist move, Oli administration prepares to limit foreign film screenings
A new law will mandate showing Nepali films exclusively for half a year, and limiting foreign movies—predominantly Bollywood—to 185 days.
Verses on vehicles—art or annoyance?
Truck sahitya means different things to different people—some see it as a break to the monotony of long journeys but for others, it’s a nuisance.
Domenico Nordio: ‘I love the stage more than I love the music’
Domenico Nordio started playing the violin at the age of eight. His parents were not musicians, but his uncle played the instrument. “One day, my uncle gave me the instrument asking if I would want to try it,” says Nordio, 48. “And I’ve been playing it ever since. It’s as simple as that.”
As open spaces shrink, Kathmandu’s youths flock to futsal courts to play the beautiful game
But futsal’s popularity in recent years cannot be ascribed to the lack of open spaces alone. There are multiple other factors. In the game, players touch the ball frequently, which some players say make it more exciting; games do not get disturbed by rain or wind; and the futsal hubs provide facilities such as showers and eateries. It has also paralleled the popularity of compact, shorter versions of sports in other parts of the world.
Meet the people who keep Kathmandu running
Every day, Rana copes with the stink from the open drains, and his palms have numerous wounds and blisters. He is not happy with the work, he says, because society looks down on his profession.
Bhaktapur sets an example for local-led heritage reconstruction, while Kathmandu and Patan fall short
The three cities of the Valley have all adopted their own approaches to reconstructing their heritage. While Bhaktapur has stayed strictly local, Kathmandu and Patan have welcomed foreign funds and expertise, irking activists.
Ragini Upadhyay Grela’s new exhibition explores love in the modern age
In an exhibition that brings together old and new paintings, Ragini Upadhyay Grela explores what loves means in the modern age
A new movie depicts the cold reality of Nepali migrant workers
A medium wide shot of a couple sleeping opens the scene It’s nighttime and the chirp of insects hangs in the air
The secret lives of dolls
“My dolls have souls,” says Padma Shree Shrestha. And on first glance, it appears that she might be right. These hundreds of dolls look alive, just about ready to step out of the glass frames they are comfortably housed in.
Apil Bista cut his teeth directing 2016’s Jhumkee, a slow-burning drama set mostly in a Tharu village in the Tarai during the late period of the Maoist insurgency. Most of the characters in the film are the oppressed, all quietly getting on with their lives, resigned to their circumstances. They speak their own dialect, and they look unremarkable—they act naturally.
A new exhibition of photographs documenting the Karnali river offers nothing different, and the pieces struggle to make a cohesive whole
Every month or so, Karnali makes it to Kathmandu’s cloistered arts and culture scene in various ways Either there happens to be a play based in the Karnali region, or a film that is shot there, maybe a painting exhibit that glorifies the region and, all too often, there are photo exhibits
The Man from Kathmandu: first ‘global Nepali film’ to release today
On Wednesday evening, a frenzied crowd had gathered at Patan Durbar Square to welcome Indian acting legend Gulshan Grover. The ‘Bad Man’ of Bollywood, who has appeared in more than 400 Bollywood and Hollywood films, climbed up on a stage and ordered, “Gaana band karo”—turn off the music.