de L' Annapurna, in partnership with Spiny Babbler, is hosting the
cultured tourist program at its tea lounge. The program aims to
make Nepalese culture and arts better known to the world through
the presentation of live traditional and contemporary music, exhibitions
and modern art, the theatrical adaptations and performances in English
and displays of traditional art. Test runs of the program started
in mid 2001.
Cultured Tourist Program was formally launched by Mr. Pradeep Raj
Pandey, CEO, Nepal Tourist Board on October 8, 2001 at the Arch
Room of Hotel de L' Annapurna. Mr. Pandey said that Nepal's cultural
heritage is one of the strongest features that attract international
visitors to the country. He also found it encouraging to see organizations
like Spiny Babbler and Hotel de L' Annapurna involved in promoting
Nepalese art and culture.
Ranjan, founder of Spiny Babbler, presented a talk on the organization's
past role and evolvement in the arts. He said that the organization
today was involved in comprehensive programs like education focus,
multi-national involvement, etc., and that more than 100 youths
were involved in the programs. Bairagi Kainla, life member of the
Royal Nepal Academy, launched "Dark Flowers", a book of
black and white artwork by Param Meyangbo. Shashi Shah, a veteran
artist of Nepal, launched the stone exhibit by Nabin Shakya.
Cultured Tourist Program makes available a comprehensive arts experience
that international visitors can enjoy. It also involves Nepalese
people to learn more about the rich content of their cultural wealth
as well as provide national and international creators a forum through
which they can share, exchange, and discuss their creations.