A People War - Photo Exhibition - Kawasoti - Day 2


Venue: Kawasoti

30 Jan 2008

A People War - Photo Exhibition - Kawasoti - Day 2

Day two at Kawasoti, Nawalparasi continued to attract a huge crowd of people of all age group on the third phase of "A People War - Photo Exhibition Tour" on January 30, 2008. 60 photographs selected from the picture book, "A People War" created the desired impact on the viewers. The placement of the pictures, lighting and background music made it appear like an installation art. 

More than 4000 people watched the 2nd day exhibition in Nawalparasi. The visitors which had mainly women in attendance mostly comprised of local residents as well as people from far flung areas of Nawalparasi and adjoining districts. Women could be seen sobbing while looking at the pictures. They lined up in long queues to enter the exhibition and also to write feedbacks in the reaction book. 

FNJ local chapter of Nawalparasi, also the local organizer of the exhibition in Kawasoti reacted to the overwhelming participation as surprising and termed it as a referendum for peace. 

Industrialist Binod Chaudhary, after watching the exhibition said, "These pictures bring back the painful memories of what we went through in last ten years and what we lost. I am sure this will inspire all of us to make sure that the country does not go back to the same situation again." 

"The tremendous response we saw in Kawasoti today shows that this tour like the previous ones will bring Nepalis together in a collective celebration of peace and reconciliation," says Kunda Dixit, the man behind the book and the exhibition. 

"We pray that the country does not witness similar scenes again," said a visibly moved Sadananda Jaisi 'Abhagi', a Nawalparasi writer and intellectual, "The pictures will touch the heart of every Nepali." 

The tour is being hosted by local chapters of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists in all of the venues and stops for two days in each place. 

The tour heads for Mahendranagar today, where the exhibition is scheduled for February 1 and 2, 2008.