100 Postcards for Karnali: Donation Drive

In 2016, we were able to envision and execute two arts and community based projects in Mugu – both with the focus on oral history and storytelling of Mugu. The first project “The Project Archive: Storytelling Series”  funded by CKU and SAFEI; and the second “Art Works: Sanghai Khelaun – Pampaa Flower” funded by Shikshya Foundation Nepal and Srijanalaya, were both a continuation of our efforts to preserve and revive  the relevance of the arts of storytelling. We were able to work with 6 older generation storytellers, 35 local young students (10-20 years old), conduct 2 creative workshops on storytelling and theatre, archive a dozen of folklores that are slowly being forgotten, and put together a lyrical play production for an audience of almost 400 community members in Gamgadi, Mugu. During our second project, we were also able to collaborate with artists like choreographers, visual artists, educators, writers, and researchers from Kathmandu and bring them to Mugu.

As we step into a new year, we hope to continue investing our energies in similar impactful projects. One of the projects that we are very keen on is a documentary/film screening in Mugu, through which we plan to curate and screen movies and documentaries based on social issues, arts and culture, contemporary subjects ( eg: Kalo Pothi, Dhadhya, Caravan etc). We are hoping that a regular screening event of this sort will help us foster an arts community in Gamgadi and the villages around in its vicinity. We hope to conduct these screenings twice a month for at least six months and hope that they evolve into discussions about the arts/culture in Karnali and beyond.

To realize the project, we need a laptop,  a projector and some funds; our goal is to raise Nrs 200000. We were hoping that, as organizations and individuals who work in the arts and share similar goals, we can appeal to you for help to make our efforts, albeit tiny, to keep the arts alive in Karnali region possible.

Therefore, we are kickstarting a “100 Postcards for Karnali ” donation drive this January.

If you would like to extend your support in any form, please feel free to call:

Hira Bijuli Nepali: 9841659338

Dipti Sherchan: 9860030746

Nischal Neupane: 9810326186

Or email us at karnaliarts@gmail.com.

We are excited about the possibilities and potentials Karnali Arts Centre will be able to harness on by working in Karnali.

Photo Credit: Narayan Bohaju

Postcard Design: Bhintuna “Jya-Poo”