Himalayan News Service
Choi Go-dam and Yom Seon-jeong a Korean couple settled in Nepal, always dreamt of opening an art gallery to exhibit works of artists from Nepal and abroad. They realised their dreams with the opening of their â€˜Buddha Art Galleryâ€™ on May 3. At the inauguration, a solo photo exhibition cum sale â€˜The Traces of Buddhaâ€™ by Choi Go-dam was organised. Sangita Thapa, curator of Siddhartha Art Gallery; Biplove Prateek, senior poet; Pundit Bhavanath Sharma, senior Dhrupad singer and the couple themselves inaugurated the exhibition.
His Excellency Keith Bloomfield, British Ambassador said, â€œThe displayed photographs are very beautiful. Choi Go-dam has succeeded in catching magical glimpses of Buddha.â€ Sangita Thapa said, â€œThe photographs capture the feeling of light and compassion.â€
The exhibited pictures are those of the Buddha in the Ajanta caves in central India. Choi said, â€œIt was a mammoth task to take the pictures in the ill-lit caves since, as a policy matter, it is forbidden to use artificial lights for photography. As a result I had to rely upon shutter speed to take the appropriate shots without tripod. â€ Photographer Mani Lama stated, â€œThere is no doubt that Choi has deep insight into the intricacies of photography and he is a photographer par excellence. He plays magically with colour and light.â€ The photo exhibition is on till May 17.
The new gallery will offer visitors poetry recitals regularly and a programme on Buddhist culture once a month. Along with the gallery, the couple have also opened a cosy cafÃ© â€” â€˜Zenâ€™ â€” where one can brood over a cup of tea or coffee in a serene atmosphere.The gallery is open everyday from 9 am to 7 pm and entrance is free.