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Murals give new life to Valley's dusty walls



KATHMANDU: Lately, the road expansion project has made Kathmandu dull, dusty and polluted. In order to add a fresh visual delight to street walls of the Valley, Kolor Kathmandu took an initiative to beautify those dusty walls. As such, 22 international and 38 Nepali artists painted 75 murals displaying features of various districts of the country in almost an year.

And a book incorporating work of these artists The Kolor Kathmandu was launched at Moksh on August 22. The book comprises images of all these 75 murals created by the artists.

You can see a mural representing Banke district on a wall in Jhamsikhel lane. It features a dam made by India in Nepal causing the district to sink. Another mural is at Dhokatol, displaying story of the Valley and its origin. When the Valley was a lake, Manjushree cut the hill to drain its water turning the lake into habitable place, that is now Kathmandu Valley. Another one in Sanepa Chowk depicts the popular coffee of Gulmi district.

Meanwhile, 50 photographs depicting the work in progress during the wall paintings were also exhibited at the event.

Preeti Sherchan, Artists Co-ordinator at Sattya shared, “This is the work of a whole year and we have finally completed it. We worked hard, entered every nook and corner of the Valley to paint the walls. Now, the streets look more colourful and beautiful.” Kolors Kathmandu is a project under Sattya, an organisation that encourages creative ideas. “It is an organisation of group of artists. Even if one has strange ideas, we make it a reality,” said Dishebh Raj Shrestha, Graphic Designer at Sattya.

Musical performances by Night band, Pratik Poudyal and Albatross added charm to the event.

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