Ngakhusi’s Nepal

KATHMANDU: Two Mongol children are captured in this photograph against a backdrop of green grass. One boy is carrying a doko (Nepali bamboo basket) while also helping the other carry his doko. The photo has captured the innocence of children and their harsh reality of life in the mountains. This is one of the favourite photos of photographer Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi that is featured in his solo photo exhibition ‘Rising From The Rubble’ at the Nepal Art Council, Babermahal that began on July 28.

For Ngakhusi, photography is an art where he loves to capture photographs that show the Nepali lifestyle, culture and architecture. As such in the exhibition, one can witness photographs on similar themes and also photographs taken after the massive earthquake that hit the nation on April 25 and its aftershocks.

According to the title of the exhibition, there are photographs that depict how people struggled to survive after the earthquake. He has captured family taking shelter in a bus, in concrete drainage pipe, people joining hands to clear the rubble, return to normal working life and many more.

The exhibition also features the before and after earthquake photographs of Nepal’s historic and cultural landmarks such as Basantapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. The lighting and composition has created a dramatic effect in his photographs where everyday seen places and people captured by his lens look like surrealistic artwork.

According to Ngakhusi, all the proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the Community Art Center at Dolakha and he has plans to hold the exhibition outside the Valley too.

The exhibition is on till August 1.