Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun stated that Nepali arts provided the country with a global identity. He stated that Nepal is rich in both natural and cultural arts.
Inaugurating the National Fine Arts Exhibition-2079 BS at the Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Kathmandu on Friday, Vice President Pun recalled national luminary Araniko, who, according to the VP, held the head of Nepal high abroad via arts.
Pun expressed his delight at the global reach of Nepali arts, recalling the satisfaction he had when he saw Nepali folk and modern arts presented in Austria’s capital, Vienna, a few years ago.
He emphasized the State’s support for preserving and safeguarding Nepali arts, which have a history of over 2,000 years, by stating that they are now being generated in many genres and techniques rather than in traditional form.
The VP stated that his interests included the fine arts.
NAFA Chancellor Kancha Kumar Karmacharya stated on the occasion that the display will last a month. The exhibition features a total of 426 artworks from 365 artists from across the country.
On the occasion, VP Pun bestowed the ‘Araniko Pragya Samman’ with a purse of Rs 100,000 on senior fine artist duo Krishna Manandhar and Surya Bahadur Chitrakar.
Similarly, Devendra Thumkeli, a journalist, earned the ‘National Fine Arts Writing Award,’ while Sushila Tamang received the ‘Fine Arts Journalism Award.’
In addition, seven artists received a ‘National Fine Arts Award’ in various categories, and 17 received a ‘Fine Arts Special Award.’ The ‘Lalitkala Provincial Award’ was given to seven artists from seven provinces.