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February 18, 2020

Chief Minister Gurung inaugurates International Workshop on Sculpture

Baglung: Gandaki State Chief Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung formally inaugurated a weeklong ‘International Modern Sculpture workshop’ at Galkot Municipality-5, Teuwa in Baglung district on Monday.

The international Sculpture workshop which is scheduled for February 10 -23 will be participated by at least 15 internationally famous sculptors from10 countries. Nepali sculptors participating in the workshop are Pravin Kumar Shrestha, Om Khatri, Rajen Kafle, Buddha Chaudhary and Raju Pithakote while other international sculptors are from Japan, China, Britain, France, Italy, Taiwan, Canada, India, Israel, Brazil, and Ukraine.

Besides this, 10 sculptors from Nepal and 10 from India are also engaged in the workshop to support the workshop activities. Galkot Arts Academy has organized the international workshop.

Speaking during the inaugural ceremony, Chief Minister Gurung said that Nepal will be exposed to the outside world through such workshops as the participating international sculptors will carry a good message about Nepal’s arts and culture to their respective countries which will, in the long run, promote Nepal’s image at the international arena.

“The workshop on sculpture will also promote Nepal’s tourism sector,” said Minister Gurung. The workshop coordinator, sculptor and former associate of Nepal Lalit Arts Academy Om Khatri said that the workshop was organized with a mission to do further research on sculpture and make a museum of sculpture in Nepal.

The participating sculptors will be making a variety of sculptures during the weeklong day workshop. All finished products will be kept in the museum added Khatri.

At least 205 international sculptors had applied to participate in the workshop while the applicants were shortlisted by assistant lecturer Harday Ballav Pandey of Tribhuvan University, central department of Lalit Arts. The workshop cost is likely to exceed around 20 million rupees by the end of the workshop according to Lalit Arts Academy president Purna Bahadur Rana.

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