“We were a group of four friends who were extremely passionate about product designing. Every time we met we would discuss about collaborating and creating a space to work together,” says Nim Joshi, one of the co-founders of Metalwood Nepal. “All of us were from different backgrounds but our determination to make unique furniture and accessories brought us together,” he adds.
For many years now, Kathmandu has been known as the city of opportunities, abundance, and hope. Ironically, the same city dwellers have also been entangled in huge scarcities, deprivation, and denial. One of such perpetual complications is the city’s inability to benefit from the abundance of rivers in Nepal.
We all know its difficult to stay stylish yet comfortable during winter. Many find it difficult, if not next to impossible, to master the art of layering. But you just need some basics to look stylish and be comfy at the same time during these harsh winter months.
“We aim to make minimalist and trendy projects that are inspired by Nepali culture and traditions. That is why our products are unique and attractive,” says Shuvekshya Joshi, manager at Metalwood, Nepal, a design studio and workshop located in Patan. Their primary focus is to create exclusive accessories, interior decoration items, and furniture.
The constitution of the new federal democratic republic of Nepal was promulgated on September 20, 2015, with some significant changes to the old political system. As per the new statute, efforts have been made to create federal structures and autonomous local bodies. One such effort was the recently held elections for provincial assemblies and federal parliament.
With wedding season at its peak, most office goers struggle to get the perfect look for evening parties. After a long day at work, most of us neither have the time nor the energy to change into a party outfit.
Playing a musical instrument on stage for the first time might seem like a moment of great pride but it definitely wasn’t so for Nani Chori Bajracharya who started playing the Dhime baja, a drum like instrument, when she was 14 years old. It was back in 2032 BS and women at that time were not allowed to touch any musical instruments, let alone play one.
There is no escaping the funny lovelorn lyrics, witty choreography and strikingly modern dace form of the recent hit Nepali music video. With more than 2.5 million views ‘Viral bhaidiyo’ song has become the number one trending video on YouTube in Nepal. The outstanding performance of the entire ‘Viral Bhaidiyo’ team has been able to captivate many Nepalis across the country and abroad. “As soon as I heard the lyrics of the song, I wanted to make a music video for it,” says Sabin Karki, director, choreographer and actor of the song.
Sandeep Paudyal, who has been to many trekking expeditions in Nepal, says that everywhere he has gone foreign tourists have always been given preferential treatment. “It feels weird to say this but I have been a victim of racism in my own country,” says Paudyal sharing an instance of how a room they had booked during a trek to Annapurna Base Camp had been given to some foreign tourists by the time they reached the hotel.
Cycle City Network Nepal was established to promote the use of bicycles in Kathmandu and help protect green spaces, monuments, and buildings from the adverse effects of pollution. “We aim to make our capital city a cycle friendly zone,” says Palishtha Dangol, member of the executive body at Cycle City Network Nepal. This organization has also been persistently advocating and lobbying for bicycle friendly infrastructures in the valley with concerned government stakeholders.
‘Raat Chirnya Bhanu’ or The Life of Bhanubhakta is currently being staged at Shilpee Theatre in Battisputali, Kathmandu. This play that is being produced collectively by Lok Drishti Theatre and Aarambha Natya Samuha will be staged till December 2, 2017 at the same venue.
The place is beautifully designed with attractive rainbow ceilings, Mickey Mouse mirrors, car chairs, and an indoor play center for children. With spacious interior, friendly staff and a huge range of facilities, this is actually a one-stop solution for all your child’s needs. Located in Naxal, Kathmandu, Giggles is a childrens’ day care, salon, and lounge. “Giggles is a boon for working parents. It is an entirely new concept in Kathmandu and it is indeed a wonderful place,” says Rashmi Pokharel who has a three-year old daughter.
Anonymous street artists in Kathmandu have transformed many dull streets of the valley into a vibrant one. Knowingly or unknowingly, legal or illegal, these masterpieces powerfully depict the underlying culture, politics, and history of our country. Often known as murals, urban art or graffiti, most of these street arts have become a center of attraction for many tourists in Kathmandu.
an Salter, a citizen of the United Kingdom, has spent many years in Nepal and is an animal lover. Salter opened this organization after her visit to India where she was impressed by the way in which various organizations managed to rescue and treat street dogs efficiently. She came back to Nepal with the hope of building a dog friendly city.
According to Pal, Salter loves spending time with her family of rescued cats and dogs at the KAT Centre. She is a painter and is also actively involved in helping Nepalis women and mentally disturbed people better their lives.
The Local Project Nepal, co-founded by two friends Binam Shakya and Sachin Shrestha, aims at encouraging local entrepreneurs of Nepal. “We had seen many creative Nepali products being sold at online portals such as Instagram and Facebook. These small entrepreneurs obviously did not have the resources to open their own store.
Melodious tunes of a sarangi waft over a crowd gathered at the center of a street in Thamel, Kathmandu. At the heart of the crowd is Ram Krishna Gandharba, wowing the audience with his musical skills. “I’m glad no vehicles can enter this place now. Tourists can now listen to my music without straining their ears over the noises from vehicles and my business is doing great,” says Gandharba once the crowd dissipates. A few have even bought a sarangi or two from him post the performance.
Sanjeev Maharjan, along with his partner Sunita Maharjan, established Drawing Room KTM in the year 2013. The aim of this organization was to develop a productive platform for art enthusiasts in the valley with the theme: Art is for everyone. “I often hear people saying that they are extremely bad at art.