December 10, 2013
As it does with each new installment, the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) is back once again packed with special screenings for the benefit of the Capital’s film -enthusiasts. Organised by the Himal Association, KIMFF has long been showcasing film s related to mountains, the people therein and their culture and environment, as well as offering opportunities for interaction and discussion amidst film makers from Nepal and around the world. The final line-up for KIMFF 2013—which will be held between December 11-15 at the Rastriya Sabha Griha—was officially revealed at a press meet held at 1905 restaurant in Kantipath on Monday.
“We’ve had a lot of submissions this year from young Nepali film makers, which is great,” KIMFF Chair Basanta Thapa said at the event. “The year-on-year progress in terms of quantity and content has been very encouraging to see.”
This year’s festival will open with the world premiere of the film Indreni Khojdai Jada by Sahara Sharma, an independent feature film which revolves around the lives of three siblings who have come to Kathmandu to seek better opportunities. Sharma is among quite a few young Nepali directors whose works will be part of KIMFF 2013.
Altogether, there are 47 film s—including documentaries, fiction, shorts, animated and experimental productions that encompass a wide range of subjects—from 20 countries that forms part of the International Competition and Nepal Panorama categories. Also to be shown are selected film s from the short film competition entitled ‘Why Poverty’ featuring Nepali film makers. Organised in partnership with Steps International, the top three winners of ‘Why Poverty’ will be announced, the prize for which will comprise a mentorship workshop with established international film makers, to be conducted by the Sattya Media Arts Collective.
Also to be announced are the top three film s in the International Competition, as well as the Best Documentary, Best Fiction Film, and the Best Film on Mountain Development in the Nepal Panorama sections, with awardees set to receive various cash prizes. All film s at KIMFF are also eligible for the Audience Award, based on the votes of viewers.
Aside from screenings, KIMFF 2013 will also comprise other events, like the ‘We Are All Connected’, a short film competition for environmental productions; an audiovisual presentation on ‘The Great Himalayan Trail’ by German travel writer Gerda Pauler alongside the launch of her book; a panel discussion on the ‘Challenges of Helicopter Rescue in the Himalaya’; an illustrated talk by railways enthusiast John Waldron on ‘The Secrets of Railways in the Foothills of Nepal’; and a discussion on ‘Journalistic Challenges in Promoting Mountain Tourism and Development’ by Stephen Goodwin, editor of the Alpine Journal. Several exhibitions will also form part of the festival.
source: ekantipur, 10 DEC 2013
December 10, 2013
Organizers of Pokhara Street Festival, which starts on December 28, are focusing on domestic tourists.
The five-day event is being organized by Restaurant and Bar Association of Nepal (REBAN) – Pokhara on the occasion of New Year 2014. REBAN-Pokhara has been organizing the event since one and half decades to promote Pokhara as a New Year destination.
Gopi Bahadur Bhattarai, president of REBAN-Pokhara, said they have decided to put more focus on domestic tourists as their spending his higher than that of foreign tourists. “Also foreign tourists demand big music events and other programs which are costlier. Local tourists enjoy traditional and typical programs which are cheaper,” added Bhattarai.
Surya Bahadur Bhujel, president of Pokhara Tourism Council, said Pokhara Street Festival has already become a popular event in Nepali tourism calendar. “Visitors from different parts of Nepal and world have started to come to Pokhara to celebrate the New Year,” he said.
Visitors turnout was low when we started the event one and half decades ago.
Though the main focus will be on attracting domestic tourists, Bhujel said REBAN-Pokhara would organize certain events targeting foreign tourists.
He further added that some foreign tourists, who are already in Pokhara, have postponed their departure in order to enjoy the street festival.
source: republica, 09 DEC 2013
December 8, 2013
Singing, dancing, wine, archery and laughter filled the air in a Tibetan county as people dressed in their best to celebrate the annual Kongpo Losar New Year Festival on Tuesday.
Like most of his fellow Tibetans in Mainling county, Basang and his family woke at the crack of dawn on Tuesday.
“On this auspicious day, my wish is to give all the people good luck and good health all year round,” he said.
The biggest festival of the year in Kongpo, Nyingchi prefecture, began on Tuesday and will last for three days.
Locals participate in various customs during the three-day event, such as preparing a feast for dogs.
“Whatever the dog eats is believed to bring a different luck in the coming year,” said Nyima, a resident in Mainling county.
“If dogs choose to eat tsamba, cooked barley flour mixed with cheese and sugar, it means there will be a bumper harvest the next year,” he said.
Activities during the festival will include events such as clearing out the ghosts, carrying holy water, religious offerings, songs, dances and archery, according to residents.
As a popular festival in Nyingchi prefecture, the Kongpo Losar Festival is observed a month ahead of the traditional Tibetan Losar New Year.
The Kongpo Losar Festival dates back to the 13th century, when the Tibetan king found out that Genghis Khan intended to attack the region.
To prepare for battle, the Tibetan king ordered his people to celebrate the festival one month earlier, a tradition that is carried on to honor those heroes who fought in the battle, according to local officials.
source: China Daily, 03 DEC 2013
December 8, 2013
Sita-Ram Bibaha Festival (Bibaha Panchami) is being celebrated in Janakpurdham, the ancient capital of Mithila, with much reverence on Saturday.
Hundreds of thousands of devotees have been offering worship at the Janaki, Ram and Janak temples by taking holy dip in sacred ponds here from early morning.
This festival is celebrated with special importance as per the description in Ramayan composed by Goswami Tulasidas by the Mithila people to commemorate the wedding of Sita, the daughter of King Janak with Lord Ram.
The festival is to commemorate the wedding in the Treta Yuga and is regarded as the largest festival here.
Mithila King Shirdhwoj (Janak) had married off his daughter Janaki (Sita) to Ram, son of Dasarath, king of Ayodhya now in India after he broke the Dhanush (bow) into three pieces on the day of Mangsir Shukla Panchami as per lunar calendar.
People believe that their dreams get fulfilled after participating in the wedding festival ceremony.
Professor Dr. Mahendra Narayan Mishra says the faith towards Sita and Ram is not only limited to Nepal and India but also in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia and one province in Thailand is named as Ayodhya.
source: nepalnews.com, 07 DEC 2013
December 5, 2013
With an aim to promote films related to mountains, its people, culture and environment, Himal Association is organising the 11th edition of Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) from December 11-15 at Rastriya Sabha Griha, Pradarshani Marg. Information about the festival was given at a press meet held on December 1.
The festival will open with the world premiere of Sahara Sharma’s Indreni Khojdai Jada and will end with the screening of The Epic of Everest by Captain John Noel. The audience will get an opportunity to see 47 films from 20 countries. Documentaries, fiction, animation and experimental films will be the highlight of the event. All films will be showcased in the International Competition and Nepal Panorama sections of KIMFF.
The best of a short film competition ‘Why Poverty’ targeting young Nepali filmmakers will also be another highlight of the event. Organised in partnership with Steps International, the top three winners of the competition will be announced at KIMFF and will undergo a mentorship workshop with established international filmmakers.
A jury of Nepali Sociologist Dyuti Baral, UK Journalist and climber Stephen Goodwin, and Swiss filmmaker Roger Brunner will decide the top three films in the International competition. Winners will receive $1,500, $1,000, and $500 respectively.
In Nepal Panorama section, the Best Documentary and the Best Fiction Film will receive a cash prize of Rs 25,000 each. The Best Film on Mountain Development will receive $1,000 from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). Apart from these, the Audience Award based on the votes of viewers will also be handed to one of the films.
“The festival also will feature a short film competition allowing filmmakers an opportunity to articulate their relationship with the environmental and natural world,” informed Ramyata Limbu, Festival Director of KIMFF. Audio-visual presentation on ‘The Great Himalayan Trial’ by German travel writer Gerda Pauler, panel discussions, and photo exhibition of ‘Tony Hagen’s Nepal’ will be other highlights of the event.
source: Himalayan Times, 02 DEC 2013
December 4, 2013
Get ready to experience rhythm, beat, musical versatility and vibrant cultural extravaganza as the International Dance festival kicks-off from December 5 at the Sector 17, Parade Ground, Chandigarh. The festival is being organized as part of CII Tourism Fest 2013 – an International Fest.
With a unique theme of ‘Dance your way to God’, this festival promises to give you a complete dose of fun, frolic and entertainment as it will bring together more than 100 dancers not only from Indian states but also from Thailand and Indonesia. With variety of dance forms like Mala dance of Himachal Pradesh, Ghoomar of Haryana, Tari Bajidor Kahot of Thailand, Balinese folk dance of Indonesia, this festival assures to give an artistic feast to your eyes. Dancers from states like Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra and countries like Thailand and Indonesia will tap their feet to give you an enthralling experience.
“Through this festival, we aim to provide international forum to the talented dancers from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh. It will be a visual treat for the art lovers as they will get an opportunity see the dances forms of numerous states and 2 countries under one roof,” said , Manmohan Singh Chairman, CII, Chandigarh Council.
“When it comes to Indonesian Dance forms, art lovers only think of Balinese dance. With the platform like CII International Dance Festival, we wish to showcase various other dance forms of Indonesia like Wali, Bebalihan and Javanese Folk Dance. Fifteen renowned dancers from various parts Indonesia will perform for the first time in northern India on this platform,” said Sanjay Sondi, Country Director, Tourism Indonesia.
“Himachal Pradesh is usually known for its scenic beauty; with the CII International Dance Festival our dancers will create a benchmark in terms of performance and entertainment as well. Our dance group-Chureshwar Lok Nritya Sanskritik Mandal has performed in various countries like-Greece, Turkey, Macedonia and Bulgaria and now they are ready to entertain Tricity residents. This festival will act as catalyst in cultural exchange process between various states and countries,” said Joginder Habbi, General Secretary, Chureshwar Lok Nritya Sanskritik Mandal.
Lavani of Maharashtra, Khoria (Girls) and Dhamal (Boys) of Haryana, Siddhi Dhamal of Gujarat, Tari Piriang of Indonesia will be the major highlights of this festival.
source: The Times of India, 03 DEC 2013
December 3, 2013
German Director Andre Hormman’s ‘Loden – The Little Monk’ was screened as a prelude to Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) 2013 beginning on December 11. The screening of the 25-minute long documentary was organized in an informal gathering at Union House in Anam Nagar on Sunday.
‘Loden- The Little Monk’ follows the boy monk, Loden, as he struggles for his upcoming English test and his love for football, particularly the football player Didier Drogba. We learn why 12-year-old Loden chose to be a monk and we come to cheer for the little boy when he finally achieves his wish.
KIMFF 2013, which is in its 11th edition, will last for five days, coming to an end on December 15. This year, the festival will commence with Sahara Sharma’s film ‘Indreni Khojdai Jada’ (Chasing Rainbows) which depicts the lives of three siblings who come to Kathmandu in the quest of their dreams.
“We are excited to be screening the world premiere of a Nepali woman film director as KIMFF’s opening event,” said KIMFF Chair Basanta Thapa.
There are 47 films from 20 countries selected for the festival, organized by Himal Association, to be held at City Hall in Bhrikuti Mandap, Exhibition Road. These films, documentaries, animation and experimental movies cover a variety of subjects such as culture, poverty, gender, adventure, migration and celebration of the human spirit.
source: republica, 02 DEC 2013
November 28, 2013
The ninth edition of the Korean Film Festival kicked off in Kathmandu on Wednesday.
Three Korean movies—’Papa’, directed by Han Ji-seung, ‘Mama’, by Choi lk-hwan and ‘Love On-Air’, by Kwon chil-in—will be screened at the City Centre in Kamal Pokhari in the festival that will conclude on Friday. The films revolve around the real life that Korean people are living at present.
According to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, there are many Nepalis who like Korean culture including movies. This film festival will provide another opportunity to Nepali movie fans to enjoy Korean films.
Meanwhile, the South Korean Embassy is also organising Korean Food Festival at Hotel Himalaya Garden in Lalitpur on November 30.
source: ekantipur, 28 NOV 2013