All should engage in protecting art and culture: Minister Shrestha

Kathmandu, June 26: A Folk Art Exhibition organised by the Department of Folk Art under the Nepal Fine Arts Academy began here from today.

Inaugurating the exhibition, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ram Kumar Shrestha, said that there is a deep relation of art and culture with the identity of human civilization.

The 15-day exhibition is organised at the premises of the Academy.

Minister Shrestha said that all should be involved in protecting art and culture of different communities  as traditional art and artists are  almost disappearing along with the development of different new technologies.
Stating that there is important place of traditional art in Nepali culture, Senior Folk Culture expert Tulsi Diwas expressed the belief that the exhibition would play an important role in preserving and promoting folk art.

Chief of the Folk Art Department, Sharada Chitrakar, said that various creative arts of different women artists as well as joint extensive art exhibition of folk art of different places would encourage the artists involved in this sector to be more active.

Different paintings prepared at the Women's Art Workshop, organised by the Academy on the occasion of the International Women's Day, held in the participation of 62 women of different districts of the country are put on display.

Similarly, paintings prepared by 30 artists of different districts including Kathmandu, Morang, Kaski, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Humla and Dang are also put on display.

On the occasion, traditional mask dance and Lama dance were also presented. RSS

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