11 December 2011: International Mountain Day Street Drama ‘Prarkiti Prem’

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As a soft opening to the International Mountain Day 2011 celebration, a street drama entitled ‘Prakriti Prem’ by the Mandapika Art Group was held at ICIMOD Headquarters. The street drama enacted the conflict between humankind and nature by putting Hindu mythological symbols in a twenty-first century setting. Lord Shiva, the ocean, mountains, ozone, clouds, and greenhouse gases were characters dwelling on problems such as temperature rise and loss of snow cover in the mountains, eventually realising that anthropogenic activities are behind the problems. The drama stressed the need to conserve forests and mountains and was attended by school children and invited guests including Mr Rajesh Hamal, the well-known cine artist from Nepal.