Pokhara, August 12, 2016:Â The producers of the forthcoming Nepali feature Gaatho have announced a nationwide painting competition with the theme Sambandha ko Gaatho. The announcement was made during an event held at The Art Gallery in Pokhara on Wednesday. The event featured, along with the filmâ€™s crew, veteran Nepali cartoonist and painter Durga Baral (Batsyayan), who will be judging the competition.
Speaking during the event, Baral hailed the filmâ€™s crew for taking initiative to organise a competition relating to art. â€œToday, we rarely see any painting competitions. That this competition has been organised by a filmâ€™s ensemble is a very humbling gesture,â€ he said, â€œAlmost all of national level competition are centred in Kathmandu and now that this programme is going to be held from Pokhara is a very positive gesture.â€
According to director Suraj Bhusal, the film revolves aroundÂ the theme of painting and arts. â€œWhile shooting the film, we got a chance to learn a lot aboutÂ painting, which motivated us to come up with a competition of this kind,â€ said Bhusal.
The competition is slated to be organised under three categories-school level, college level and an open competition. The first prize will feature a cash purse of Rs 50,000; second, 35,000; and third, 25,000. The winning entries will then be put on display at The Art Gallery in Pokhara.
Prior to this, the Gaatho ensemble had organised a nationwide video competition.
Directed by Suraj Bhusal and filmed under the banner of ButWall Entertainment, Gaatho features actors Naazir Hussein, NamrataÂ Shrestha, and Abhay Baral, among others. The film is slated for release on September 16.