By Renuka Dhakal,Kathmandu, Sept. 27: An autobiography titled ‘Deuta Banaune Manchhe’ of the esteemed artist Kalu Kumale (Krodhkala Shiromani) was officially launched during a ceremony held in Lalitpur on Tuesday.
Vice President Ramsahay Prasad Yadav had the honour of unveiling this book, which was presented by the Institute for Socio-Cultural Research & Analysis.
During his address at the event, Vice President Yadav expressed his joy in presenting the book about the 91-year-old veteran sculptor.
He commended Kalu Kumale for his significant contribution to the world of art, particularly through his original and traditional metal art, which has not only established the identity of Nepali art, but has also gained recognition on the international stage.
The Vice-President believed that readers would gain valuable insights into original and traditional art from the contents of this book.
Furthermore, Vice President Yadav acknowledged Kalu Kumale's dedication to his craft, as he continues to create art even at the age of 91, with over 600 remarkable sculptures to his name.
Chiri Babu Maharjan, the Mayor of Lalitpur Metropolitan City, emphasised the metropolis’s commitment to honouring individuals who have made substantial contributions to society during their lifetime, rather than posthumously. The city has adopted a policy to recognise and support such individuals, ensuring they receive the recognition they deserve during their lifetime.
Mayor Maharjan said that the metropolis leaves no stone unturned to honour and help such influential figures during their life time.
Additionally, Rakesh Awale, the son of Kalu Kumale, urged the government to officially acknowledge the title of ‘Krodhkala Shiromani’ bestowed upon his father by the people and various organisations.
The book, co-authored by Kailash Rai, Laxmi Shova Shakya, Rakesh Awale, and Rajesh Awale, has been edited by Nawaraj Lama. It comprises 23 chapters and is available for purchase at a price of Rs. 425.