With the help of technology, creativity, and a new take on traditional methods, Bindu, an organization for promoting art in Nepal, has stood true to its tagline ‘A space for artist’. It has been successfully responding to the demands for a common ground for innovative art practitioners to interact and engage in art programs for the last 12 years.
“Bindu aims to bring art admirers together and support them in developing imaginative concepts and visions in arts,” says Prithivi Shrestha, one of the founding members of Bindu. “We also let people practice and perfect the medium they want to express themselves in,” adds Saurganga Darshandhari, another founding member.
According to Darshandhari, before 2006 the meaning of art was limited to drawings. Artists usually stuck to traditional artistic means and methods. It was an art enthusiast from Bangladesh who realized the need for an organization in Nepal that would bring some positive changes in this confined understanding of arts. It was at his suggestion that Bindu was established.
Since its establishment, Bindu has been effectively working to promote almost every aspect of art. Shrestha still recalls their very first project of organizing Mithila workshop in Janakpur. The list of participants included both professional as well as local artists. The program was considered to be a success. Artworks created during the event were later exhibited at Siddhartha Art Gallery in Kathmandu and Kaya Gallery in Uttara, Bangladesh. The success of their first project worked as an inspiration for them to persevere and do as much as they could to promote arts.
With their second project, Bindu started working in collaboration with various relevant national and international networks and art communities sharing similar goals. Every year artists from Bindu are invited to countries like Japan and Bangladesh for competitions and exchange programs. They also host many interactive programs. The main goal of such programs is to create a close connection between local artists and foreign authorities so that they get to know more about other genres of art in different parts of the world.
To carry out its many projects, Bindu receives financial aids from various organizations they are collaborating with. However, for some small projects, the founders Shrestha and Dharshandhari dip into their own personal savings but they rarely ask members for donations. “We believe that art is not meant to be commercialized. So we don’t charge people for being a part of our art activities unless there is a real crisis,” states Shrestha.
Lately, Bindu has been organizing Print Making Workshops for school students where children are taught unique techniques of producing multiple images. Apart from that, they also hold events and art talks where artists put forth their queries as well as share their experiences.
They further plan to conduct more workshops, exhibitions, interaction programs, and seminars in future as well to continue their legacy to promote and preserve arts.