Full of Life and Buzzing
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. Freelance artist Bidhata KC’s journey is yet to span a full decade but within this short span of time, her artistic endeavors and the accompanying accolades she has received is remarkable. The visual artist has done her Masters in Fine Arts and belongs to a younger generation of present-day Nepali artists. She has received The Special Award, National Fine Art Exhibition, NAFA (National Academy of Fine Art) and the Arniko National Youth Art Award, and received a Gold Medal in National Government Award for excellence in Modern Art and Contributions to the Development of Art in Nepal in 2010. Amongst her numerous national and international solo exhibitions, some of them are; ‘Kaleidoscope’, in 2009 at Imago- Dei Gallery, Naxal, Nepal ‘20.66 mt. S.L.M.’, in Venice, Italy and the ‘Foliage ‘in 2007 at Shangri-La Hotel. We ask the artist about her views on Kathmandu.
Home to gods and goddesses.
Which part of Kathmandu did you grow up in and what is your fondest memory of that place?
I was born and brought up in Satdobato, Lalitpur. I still remember the empty green field where as a child I used to run around, which has now been filled with concrete buildings.
What do you miss the most about Kathmandu when you are travelling?
I miss my family and home cooked food.
What advice would you give a tourist visiting the city?
Tourists visiting the city should visit the interiors of the city to learn about the culture and heritage, which is the biggest asset of our country.
In your opinion which part of Kathmandu truly represents the spirit of the city and why?
Ason for sure because it always carries the essence of true Kathmandu; the shops, narrow lane, blowing of horns, sea of people. It is always full of life and buzzing.
If you were to change one thing about Kathmandu, what would it be and why?
Kathmandu needs a lot of changes but if I had to choose one then it would be management of garbage. Hubs of the city like New Road is always stinking because of the garbage lying around. Not only the smell, it is so unhygienic, I don’t know how people live around that area.
Where have you had the best Mexican food in Kathmandu?
There is a small restaurant in Jawalakhel called “Lazy Gringo”;
I have had the best burritos there.
What was the last Nepali movie you saw?
Aacharya - biography of Bhajan Siromani Bhaktaraj Acharya.
What book are you reading at the moment?
One Day by David Nicholls.
Your definition of love.
Most natural feeling. In other words passion.
Favorite item in your wardrobe.
I am a moody person; therefore my preference also keeps changing. However there is a sari which my sister gifted me. I love wearing that and really treasure it.
Where do you like to shop in Kathmandu?
I don’t have aparticular place. I can shop anywhere.
Where did you last go on a vacation?
I went to Delhi, for a week.
What is on your wish list?
I would love to travel the whole of Europe.
Who has been your favorite Nepali Artist of all time?
It would be really unfair if I take one name because we have so many amazing artists and have many favorites. Few of them would be – Uttam Nepali, Sasi Shah, Kiran manandhar, Seema Shah, Birendra Pratap Sasikala Tiwari, Batsha Gopal and the list goes on.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
My mother told me to never lie to myself.
If you could include one element of Kathmandu in your painting what would it be?
It would be culture. Besides people and heritage, culture is one thing that represents Kathmandu in a proper way. Our culture is what makes life in Kathmandu so vibrant and wonderful.
How would you like to be remembered?
As a successful artist with a beautiful soul.