As I walked Through Basantapur, Thamel and Jamal, I generally see a group of children dancing freely on the streets, without any hesitation, playing cards, smoking, and sometimes fighting. I used to feel a sense of fear for my own safety, Along with the fear, questions arose in my mind. Why they on the streets and where did they come from? Were they simply the dejected rejected "khate" or " street Kids" who were ignored and evaded by the rest of Kathmandu's preoccupied society? Or did each of these children have their own stories? Was there something about them we really needed to be afraid of ? It was to find the answers to these questions that I began to paint this series.
It began with visiting the spaces where they played and spent their time. It was the first time I really saw them. I spent increasing amount of time with them. More than words, I am comfortable exchanging thoughts and communication visually. SO, I asked the children if they were interested in drawing and painting. I found they too were like me. They drew their own landscapes, Their village look. "They drew their friends, dos, houses, mountains, trees, terrible creatures, dragons and sometime made jokes like " this looks like your imaginary girlfriend". I found that they drew their surroundings, Their observations, and their own experiences. This process brought us closer and built a trust and friendship amongst us. Kaladhar, Suman, Saila, And Saroj were with whom I first made contact. A few of them shared the stories of how they came to live on the streets. What I found from their stories was that the streets were a place of refuge from the abuses they experienced from their broken families.
I captured some of my visits with video camera and thought still photography. The images and video I took Served as a remembrance of those moments. My own experiences and the stories shared by the children became important in my process of making the paintings. I painted the children portraits from these photographs, tryinh to respect the shape and expressions in their eyes. The images were in colors. but I painted them in monochrome to express the sadness and darkness I felt when thinking of what the children was living with. The scribbling and child like drawings in the background reflects my experiences, observations, memories the children as they were, as well as depict my own experiences and interpretations.
I do not have all the answers to my questions, but simply listening, hearing and depicting the children and their stories has changed the way I see the children who dance, play, smoke, and fight on the streets, footpaths and alleys around the Kathmandu. I do not sense the same fear anymore.
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