Monday, April 24, 2017

National Anthem of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Pronunciation in Nepali Language 

सयौँ थुँगा फूलका हामी एउटै माला नेपाली
सार्वभौम भई फैलिएका मेची-महाकाली ।

सयौँ थुँगा फूलका हामी एउटै माला नेपाली 
सार्वभौम भई फैलिएका मेची-महाकाली ।

प्रकृतिका कोटीकोटी सम्पदाको आँचल
वीरहरुका रगतले स्वतन्त्र र अटल ।

ज्ञानभूमि शान्तिभूमि तराइ पहाड हिमाल
अखण्ड यो प्यारो हाम्रो मातृभूमि नेपाल ।

बहुल जाति भाषा धर्म संस्कृति छन् विशाल
अग्रगामी राष्ट्र हाम्रो जय जय नेपाल ।

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Pronounciation of New National Anthem of Nepal

Sayaű thűgā phūlkā hāmī, euṭai mālā nepālī

Sārwabhaum bhai phailiekā, Mechi-Mahākālī

Prakritikā kotī-kotī sampadāko ā̃chala,
bīrharūkā ragata le, swatantra ra aṭala

Gyānabhūmi, śhāntibhūmi Tarāī, pahād, himāla
Akhaṇḍa yo pyāro hāmro mātṛibhūmi Nepāla

Bahul jāti, bhāṣhā, dharma, sãnskṛti chan biśhāla
Agragāmī rāṣhṭra hāmro, jaya jaya Nepāla

English translation of New National Anthem of Nepal
Woven from hundreds of flowers, we are one garland that's Nepali
Spread sovereign from Mechi to Mahakali

A playground for nature's wealth unending
Out of the sacrifice of our braves, a nation free and unyielding

A land of knowledge, of peace, the plains, hills and mountains tall
Indivisible, this beloved land of ours, our motherland Nepal

Of many races, languages, religions, and cultures of incredible sprawl
This progressive nation of ours, all hail Nepal

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Arts of Nepal

Nepali art has been deeply influenced by religion since very early times. Early art of Nepal can be seen as stone sculpture and temple architecture. Other art include Newari Paubha and Tibetan Thanka paintings, wood and metal crafts, ceramics and clay pots, textiles, paper, Tibetan carpet, music and literature. Contemporary Nepali art represents two distinct segments, traditional idealistic paintings and the contemporary western style works. The contemporary painting is specially noted for either nature based compositions or compositions based on Tantric elements or social themes. Nepali painters have also earned international reputation for abstract works based on these themes.

Nepalese sculpture reached its zenith in the Lichchhavi period (A.D. 330 - 879). Stone, copper and bronze images from this period show round faces with slanted eyes. A distinguishing feature of Lichchhavi sculptures is their simplicity. The use of clothes and ornaments was quite restrained, many Hindu deities, for example, are shown wearing only a Dhoti (skirt-like lower garment). Buddhist deities were carved to show them wearing long sanhatis (a saffron coloured robe that the Buddhist wear hanging from the shoulders). Lichchhavi period sculptors most often used basalt for their work, first chiselling and then smoothing and varnishing, perhaps with iron dust. The limbs of Lichchhavi period idols were so beautifully executed that it is not possible to find one specimen with a chisel mark. Some of the best examples of Lichchhavi art are the image of "Sleeping Vishnu" in Budhanilkantha, located eight kilometers north of Kathmandu and Vishnu Vikranta or Dwarf Incarnation found near Lazimpat in Kathmandu.

The Swayambhunath and Boudhanath shrines are Nepal's first examples of the stupa or Chaitya style. This style is purely Buddhist in concept and execution. The outstanding feature of the stupa is a hemispherical mound topped by a square base supporting a series of the thirteen circular rings.

Wood Carving
Woodcarving has been an integral part of Nepalese architecture, some of the examples being the old palaces of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur and a number of different Viharas (monasteries) around the Valley.

Religious paintings worshipped as icons are known as Paubha in Nepalbhasa and Thangka in Tibetan. The origin of Paubha or Thangka paintings may be attributed to Nepalese artists as early as the ninth or tenth century.