NAFA to Host National Fine Arts Exhibition, Honoring Artists and Journalists

Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is hosting National Fine Arts Exhibition from May 28 to June 12 at Nepal Academy.

On the opening day, NAFA will honor artists from various genres and journalists for their significant contributions to the development of fine arts.

This year’s ‘Lalitkala Patrakarita Puraskar  will be presented to Renuka Dhakal from The Rising Nepal and Sukreet Nepal from Gorkhapatra Daily  along with a cash prize of 30,000 rupees each.

Veteran artists Kiran Manandhar and Shyam Badan Shrestha will be awarded the ‘Araniko Rastriya Pragya Samman,’ with each receiving 150,000 rupees.

The Best Fine Art Award will go to Suresh Lawat Tuladhar, who will receive a cash prize of 100,000 rupess.

Similarly, the National Fine Art Award will be presented in eight different categories, each carrying a cash prize of Rs. 60,000.

Additionally, the ‘Anil Lama Smriti Puraskar’ will be awarded to Laxman Bhujel, and the ‘Babu Ram Lama Smriti Puraskar’ will be given to Bhuwan Thapa, with both recipients receiving 50,000 rupees each.

Academician Gyanendra Biwas will be honored with the ‘Lalitkala Lekhan Puraskar,’ along with a cash prize of  60,000 rupees.

Provincial awards will also be given, covering all regions and various genres. Seven artists will receive the Provincial Best Fine Art Award, each with a cash prize of Rs. 50,000.

In addition, 36 artists will be recognized with the Provincial Best Fine Art Award in various genres, each receiving 30,000 rupees. Student Provincial Award winners will also receive 30,000 rupees each this year.

For the first time, NAFA organized a Provincial Art Exhibition in all seven provinces from late February to late March, under the slogan ‘Social Transformation: Campaign of Fine Arts.’

At a press conference, Naradmani Hartamchhali, Chancellor of NAFA, announced that the best artworks from the provincial exhibitions have been selected for the National Fine Arts Exhibition.

Member Secretary Devendra Thumkeli stated that 522 artworks by 482 artists from all seven provinces will be showcased in the exhibition.

The National Fine Arts Exhibition will be inaugurated by Hit Bahadur Tamang, Minister for Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation.