Were these paintings or pictures hung on the wall of Nepal Art Council Gallery? These unique works of art were narrating the history and culture of Bagmati.
Painted by artist Hari Prasad Sharma, the paintings on exhibit at Nepal Art Council showed a Bagmati which was replete with history and culture. Artist Sharma used water and oil medium to narrate his tale of history and culture of Kathmandu.
Divided under three sections history, lifestyle and culture, the paintings were testimony of the lifestyle of the Newar community as well as their culture and architecture. Organized by Arohan Gurukul and Nepal Heritage Association, there were 58 paintings displaced at the exhibition titled Kathmandu valley down the Ages.
Although artist Sharma is a Brahmin, he was born in a Newar locality where he grew up and lived.
“I am basically a Brahmin by caste but I grew up under the influence of Newari culture, festivals, values and attire,” said artist Sharma, who was born in Gophal tole in Lagan.
Portraying different traditions and rituals, he captured the scenes and various elements appeared in the background. His paintings started from the era of Mandev to golden era of Nepalese history or period of Amsuverma and the other phases. His paintings of Prithivi Narayan Shaha and Arniko receiving Tika were master works.