Nil Barahi dance: Some sessions can run for 15 hoursBy Binu Shrestha
The historic Nil Barahi Dance of Bode has begun from Tuesday. The masked dance, performed for three days and four nights from Bhadra Krishna Dwitiya to Panchami, is believed to have been started by King Subarna Malla around 1511 AD (Nepal Sambat 631) and used to be performed by members of the Tha Shrestha community of Bode. However, for the past 43 years, it has been performed by the Aduwa Shrestha of Lachhi Tole. The dance begins and ends at Akha, the sacred spot in Lachhi near the Bode Narayan...
Valley's World Heritage sites out of danger listBy Binu Shrestha
The 44th online session of World Heritage Committee has decided not to put the property of the Kathmandu Valley on the list of World Heritage in Danger. A meeting of the committee that examined and raised some issues concerning the state of conservation of the Kathmandu Valley property is being held in Fuzhou, China. The meeting that began on July 16 will continue till July 31.
Bhaktapur Municipality takes steps to bring stolen idol from FranceBy Binu Shrestha
Bhaktapur Municipality has initiated the steps to claim ownership of and repatriate the 12th century idol of Uma Maheshwor which was stolen from Nasamana, Bhaktapur-3 more than three decades ago. The idol is currently on display at the Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts in France. The agreement to repatriate the statue was signed with the museum two years ago during former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s visit to France. However, it has still not returned.
Nepali cultural artefacts discovered in US, FranceBy Binu Shrestha
Three historical artefacts of Kathmandu Valley have been discovered in the United States of America (USA) and France. The Salabhangika Strut, dating back to around 14th century, was found on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York. As documented in the books ‘The Antiquity of Nepalese Wood Carving’ by Mary Shepherd Slusser and ‘The Gods are Leaving the Country’ by Jurgen Schich, the strut was one amongthree stolen from Itum Bahal, Kathmandu in 1984/85.
DoA in bid to make Panauti, Tilaurakot, Ram Janaki Temple world heritage sitesBy Binu Shrestha
The Department of Archaeology (DoA) has stepped up efforts to enlist the cities of Panauti and Tilaurakot and the Ram Janaki Temple of Janakpur as United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites.
More artefacts returning home from USBy Binu Shrestha
Idols of Buddha, Ganesh and a wooden tympanum (Tundal) , all dated from the 13th to 16th century, are returning to Nepal from the United States of America. The items were recovered by the New York Police while being trafficked to be sold in foreign markets. The police informed the New York State’s Attorney General who then informed the Consulate General of Nepal in the city of New York.
Relevant bodies have no record of stolen Taleju necklaceBy Binu Shrestha
Over hundreds of years, foreign travellers, business and religious preachers took possession of countless cultural objects from Nepal. But we don’t know exactly how many were taken and by whom because no records of artefacts exist from before 1952 when the Department of Archaeology (DoA) was established to protect, preserve, restore, excavate and study the cultural artefacts of the country. Over the past year, many Nepali statues and objet d’art have been discovered in many collections and galleries...
Despite ban, asbestos being soldBy Binu Shrestha
The burden of Non-communicable Disease (NCD) is rising globally, especially in developing countries including Nepal. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases have shot up in recent years, and cancer has now become the fifth leading cause of death in the country.
Metal-plating workshops discharging excessive mercury: StudyBy Binu Shrestha
Metal-plating workshops have been discharging high levels of mercury through their untreated waste water, thereby increasing the load of mercury in Nepal’s environment. This is according to a recent project by the environmental non-governmental organisation Centre for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED) with support from the California-based public health programme New Ways to Work Palo Alto through the Developing World Outreach Initiative (DWOI).
Seventeen-year-old climbs SagarmathaBy Binu Shrestha
Sonam Sherpa, 17, has successfully climbed Sagarmatha, in the first summit of his campaign to climb the tallest peaks of all seven continents of the world. Sonam, along with his father Purna Kumar (PK) Sherpa, reached the top of the mountain at 7.30 am on Sunday, formally beginning their campaign to climb the tallest mountains of all the continents to raise awareness about climate change. The two had announced the campaign three years ago but had not been able to begin due to technical problems...