NAFA expresses its land-concern

KATHMANDU: Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) organised an inaugural ceremony of sixth General Meeting of Academicians on January 18 at NAFA, Naxal. In the event Member Secretary Navaraj Bhatta informed about the annual progress report of NAFA’s activities throughout the year of 2015 (2071 BS) and its current situation. He explained, “Due to the April earthquake in 2015, NAFA’s building has been damaged, it cannot be used now. Moreover, 15 ropani of NAFA’s land has been handed over to Nepal Academy (Kamladi) which is unfortunate for the artists’ community, this should be corrected.”

Where Bhatta put forth the problem, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokharel and patron of NAFA offered a possible solution, “We all are human beings and we all have faced difficulties. We are courageous and we will work to make the situation better. As for the topic of land it is in court and after the command of court we will again sit for a meeting and find out a solution to the problem. I will definitely work at least till NAFA gets a building to regulate it’s work properly.”

Though a ray of hope was shown, only time will decide what will happen. Meanwhile, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli encouraged artists. “Through the medium of art one can learn where the society is heading. It is not enough to fulfil basic needs, but we also need art and literature. Art not only helps to know about the history or present time but art can also predict about our future,” mentioned Sharma Oli, who inaugurated the ceremony and is also the chief patron of NAFA. He did not step back while showing concern for NAFA and said, “This government is art friendly and we will do what we have to do.”