Siddhartha Art Gallery hopes to continue this project in other hospitals around Nepal. “These are cynical times, but idealism, hard work and integrity of the artists have brought us this far,” says the gallery’s director Sangeeta Thapa, whose own recent health scare was an impetus for the project.
“As I was lying in a hospital, I would get calls every day from the artists. They asked me to decide on one thing after another, shared their problems, their ideas,” said she as she broke down in tears at the inauguration. “It was difficult for me to handle all that, but it came to mean so much to me, personally, as well. This project to heal others has ended up healing myself.”