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Centuries-old pati, hit by 2015 earthquake, reconstructed in Patan

Lunchhen Nani Phalcha_Chabahal_Tangal_Patan KATHMANDU: A 349-year-old pati (inn), Lunchhen Nani Phalcha in Chabahal, Tangal of Patan, destroyed by the Gorkha Earthquake 2015, has been handed over to the community after its reconstruction, on Thursday. Christiane Brosius, representative of Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund Heidelberg, formally handed over the reconstructed pati to Shyam Gopal Maharjan, chief of the Chabahal Community Association, amid a function today. The community would do its best to ensure preservation and timely renovation of the pati, pledged the community chief Maharjan speaking at the programme, . Likewise, Brosius laid emphasis on the importance of preserving the culture of singing hymns by also preserving the patis. Researcher Rajendra Shakya outlined the history of the pati, saying that it was first built in 1668 AD and was later enlarged in 1712 AD. The reconstruction was carried out with the financial assistance from the Barbara and Wilfried Mohr Foundation, Hamburg via SAI Help Nepal of Heidelberg University in Germany. The dismantling of the pati had begun in August 2016 and the reconstruction was completed in March 2017. Mostly used by the elderly people for performing hymns and also for sitting, knitting or watching the life on the street or at the courtyard, the public rest house with the arcade was a key part of the social life until the earthquake incurred major damages to the structure.


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Audio and Visual Journey: Architecture in Nepal

Work x Work & Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust published an Audio and Visual Journey on

Architecture in Nepal – Personal Stories of Culture and Living Heritage

It includes among other things portrays of SAI HELP NEPAL supporters

  • Niels Gutschow, historian, documentarian, & architect. He joins in documenting the historic temples of the Kathmandu Valley and preserving it’s culture.
  • Rohit Ranjiktar, Nepal Program Director of the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust, shares why he has devoted his life to conserving the extraordinary monuments that define his home city.


Videointerview mit Prof. Dr.-Ing. Niels Gutschow

The Science Portal L.I.S.A. published a video-interview entitled “Zerbrechliches Erbe” with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Niels Gutschow (architectural historian and researcher at the SAI) concerning the current situation and reconstruction in Nepal after the earthquake in April 2015. The interview is available here.                
 L.I.S.A. - The Science Portal of the Gerda Henkel Foundation is an online science portal for historical humanities. The acronym outlines the portal’s key themes: Lesen, Informieren, Schreiben and Austauschen (in English: Read, Inform, Write and Exchange). The editorial office of L.I.S.A. is to be found at the Gerda Henkel Foundation’s headquarters in Düsseldorf. L.I.S.A. is open to all scholars as well as to everyone interested in topics drawn from the field of the historical humanities. 

Mail Online: Nepal’s first foreign photo festival opens in shadow of quake


Nepal’s first international photo festival opened on Tuesday on the streets of the quake-devastated Kathmandu Valley, with exhibits set up alongside damaged and spectacular temples and palaces. The Photo Kathmandu festival takes visitors on a tour of the historic city of Patan, past intricately-carved statues and ancient water spouts, and chronicles Nepal’s chaotic transformation from a Hindu monarchy to a secular republic. Continue reading Mail Online: Nepal’s first foreign photo festival opens in shadow of quake

Interview with Christiane Brosius on Kathmandu Post

Walking through time

Nov 1, 2015- Christiane Brosius is professor of Visual and Media Anthropology at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies of Heidelberg University in Germany. She is also a co-founder of SAI NepalHelp at the South Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg. One of the photographers participating in the photography festival Photo Kathmandu, Christiane is currently researching on the Nepali art scene, with particular focus on migration, urbanisation and post-earthquake notions of heritage and locality by art collectives and institutions. The Post’s Alisha Sijapati talked with the artist about her exhibition and her interest in the patis of Patan. Excerpts:

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The Huffington Post: Nepali Artists Engage With Quake-Hit Communities

We followed the didgeridoo. Or rather, we followed artist Salil Subedi as he produced long, gentle thrums from the wind instrument, leading a crowd down an alley. We were in Bungamati. We had been summoned to the old Newari town that afternoon by artists from Kathmandu University’s Center for Art and Design (KU). Students from KU, their faces painted with abstract streaks and patterns, closely followed Subedi. One of them carried a broken wooden beam salvaged from the post-earthquake rubble. Another one carried a wrecked aankhijhyaal, part of a traditional Newari window. Subedi stopped in front of a damaged building supported by struts. Kneeling on the floor, he pointed the didgeridoo to the ground and continued blowing. A colleague standing sentinel circled Subedi and the struts, sprinkling red powder on the ground. I took a deep breath and snuck myself closer to the act. Continue reading The Huffington Post: Nepali Artists Engage With Quake-Hit Communities

The Himalayan Times: Healing Touch of Art

Healing touch of art



Georges Barque has said, “Art is a wound turned into light” — and ArTree Nepal, a group of contemporary artists who strive to create artworks with social significance and utility, responded to the devastation caused by the April 25 earthquake by initiating ‘12 Baisakh’ aiming to align artistic interests with social practices.

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