As the artists warmed up to the performance, it was evident that they were producing a diverse body of art with differing techniques. It ranged from traditional pauba and Mithila art to abstracts embodying cubism and conceptual art forms.
But they were all sharing the space and participating in an exercise that aimed to help underprivileged children with hope. Access to diagnosis and treatment is literally a matter of life or death for many young patients.
The art festival coincided with the inauguration of the Kathmandu Guest House (KGH) by renowned ophthalmologist Sanduk Ruit with founder/director of the Museum of Nepali Art (MoNA) Rajan Sakya.
“We are committed to conducting similar events annually to promote art for a cause so that it serves those in need,” Sakya said.
Following the main event on 7 October, the paintings were exhibited at MoNA in the presence of Bishnu Rath Giri, head of the oncology unit at Kanti Children’s Hospital.
Lately, Nepali art has been getting the recognition it deserves with many of them being exhibited at famous museums, art galleries and private collections worldwide. These pieces fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars in the international art market, and yet it is rare for contemporary Nepali art to shine at home.