(Artwork: Chirag Bangdel)
When people hear the name of our country, Nepal, there are mixed reactions. The geographically unaware mistake us for Napolitans, The more in tune mention the famous Gorkhas or mountain-climbing Sherpas. This is fine because these groups and the Highest mountains on earth, amongst which thy dwell deserve more recognition than they get. Yet, the way the world goes one has to be in the midst of conflict, diamond mines or petroleum fields for the world to know you exist.
So, why should they know we exist and what and who are PANAsia Creativity?
Nepal is or was for centuries a cradle of refuge in the middle of the Himalayas. It was the place where Hinduism, Buddhism and Animism met. Groups of people migrated here through the centuries bringing disparate languages and cultures. By and large they were left alone, perhaps the very ruggedness of the mountains assured them each of a ‘beyul’ or secret valley and thus they forged livelihoods, cultures, and myths out of the most rugged mountains on earth. Of the lands of the Ramayana, of tantric Buddhism and Bon animism, Nepal is the most eclectic. The dialect of certain mountain groups and their religious festivals and their languages echo in the customs of the Lao and Khmer of South East Asia. People came here from South India and SE Asia and even from Afghanistan and what is present day Iraq. Even today they arrive here, escaping conflicts of their own. We all have our conflicts of course but one issue that burns in the souls of many Nepalese today is the wish to show the world that the soul of Nepal and her people is not ‘landlocked’.
So PANAsia Creativity was formed out of a determination to promote in an informal manner the rich poetic vision of young poets the visual depth of young artists, the joy of its music and the richness in the stories and novels written by Nepalis who have worked so long in obscurity A group of ten creators and two advisors, we are establishing this site to communicate and share our offerings with the rest of the world.
We call ourselves PANAsia Creatvity because we truly believe that our land was a cross-road of culture and belief that declined because the world passed us by, being gifted with the highest mountain on earth can be a double-edged sword.
(From PANAsia Creativity website. For more details, visit: http://www.panasiacreativity.org/)
Dhruba Chandra Gautam
Dhruba Chandra Gautam is known chiefly for the five highly accomplished novels he has published since 1969, but he has also played an important role in the development of the short story in Nepali. A prolific writer with at least sixty stories to his credit, Gautam deals almost exclusively with contemporary social issues and has developed a unique narrative style. Gautam’s stories are collected in Andhyaro Dipma (On a Dark Island, 1978) and Gautamka Kehi Pratinidhi Kathaharu (Some of Gautam’s Representative Stories, 1987).
Deepak Rana is active in the tourist industry of Nepal for the last 40 years dealing mostly with adventure tourism. He lives in Kathmandu with his wife and daughter. He writes in english from time to time for the various magazines and newspapers stationed in the Kathmandu valley.
These are the names of his books that have been published –
1. The Bending Reed
2. Just Passing By
Three books that are nearly ready for print and should be published in the next 3 months are –
1. The Silent flute
2. Roads less travelled
3. Nepal hunters
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