Sarwanam’s students’ play “Jyamkira Parika Bhoka Bharam”

Sarwanam’s students (names: see below) stage-managed and performed the play “Jyamkira Parika Bhoka Bharam” from January 20th up to January 25th issueing the deadly superstition of a village community.

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“Jyamkira Parika Bhoka Bharam”, performed by Firoj Basnet, Sangita Karkee, Pujan Lamichhane, Arjun Neupane, Kausal Pandeet, Deepesh Paudel, Binod Pun

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New play “banki pristha – remaining page”

We are performing the next own production of sarwanam theatre at the moment.

It’s written by the director Ashesh Malla and performed by the Sarwanam Theatre Group. 

It is called “bank pristha – remaining page” and works mostly with movements and less speech so that it’s for everyone easy to understand.

Come and watch!

We will perform this play until the  21.07.12 (Sawan 6) everyday at 5:30 in Sarwanam Theatre, Kalikasthan.

For more information please call 4438947, 9841978353, 9813121034.

You are most welcome at any time in Sarwanam Theatre. 

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new play “Burki” shown in Sarwanam Theatre

The time of the play “Sakuni Pasaharu” is already over.

From today we are showing a new play: “Burki”.

This play will not be performed by Sarwanam’s own theatre group.

The experimental theatre group “Rangasarathi” directed by Bijaya Bisfot will act this time.

Bijaya Bisfot works since 30 years in the field of theatre and the group “Rangasarathi” exists since 24 years.

They performed their dramas, written by the director himself, in many places in Nepal as well as abroad.

Now we are welcoming them in our Sarwanam Theatre from 17 of Baishak to 30 of Baishak.

The play “Burki” deals with one of Nepal’s biggest problems: the absence of drinking water in undeveloped remote areas as well as in developed areas like Kathmandu.

Bijaya Bisfot chose this topic because in his opinion water is more than a basic need,it is a fundermental right of all people.

Through this topic he also shows the big problem in politics between Nepal and India.

But the actors won’t figure them out for you in a direct way.You will have to find them yourself.Behind the words,behind the movements of the actors.

Do you think you are able to do this?
Come and try!

Every day from 17 to 30 of Baishak at 5:30 in Sarwanam Theatre,Kathmandu,Kalikasthan.

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Sarwanam’s Art Gallery is open!

Since 14 of Baishak our own Art Gallery is opened for public!

From 14 – 28 of Baishak Sarwanam Theatre gives space to the famous exhibition “SKIB – 71”.

SKIB – 71 is a painting exhibition of 4 renowned Nepali artists.

S: Sashi Shah

K: Krishna Manandhar

I: Indra Pradhan

B: Batsa Gopal Vaidya

The debut of Skib – 71 was more than 40 years ago in 1971. Since then the exhibition remained synonymous with the modernity in Nepali painting.

It is said that the artists created a new era of art because their paintings belong to the earliest examples of modernity in Nepal. In their paintings you can find new ways of thinking and new visual expressions.

So we are proud to present “SKIB – 71” in our Art Gallery for the next 3 weeks.

Our doors are opened every day for you.

It’s for free.  Come and see. 😉

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Sarwanam Theatre opened its hall!

Since 31. of March 2012 the theater and Art Center started living, after 8 years of preparation.

It includes not only an auditorium, but also an art gallery, a library and research center, an art workshop hall and a cafe.

Every evening at 5:30 Sarwanam’s own play “Sakuni pasaharu” written and directed by Ashesh Malla, director of Sarwanam Theater”, is shown in the auditorium that hosts up to 170 people.

The play is something like a modern twist to the mythology “Mahabharata”. That’s why we advise you to get to know this story before watching in case you don’t know it. In the play the original “Mahabharata” has been modified so that it fits into the present context. After watching our play you will realize that “Mahabharata” still exists. The characters like Duryodhana did not change but good person like Yudhisthir have started joining hands with the evil-minded Sakuni to earn more power and money.

Soon you may start developing sympathy for Duryodhana who actually is a bad person in “Mahabharata” instead of Yudhisthir and Arjuna..

Sarwanam’s theatre group spend a lot of time on the rehearsals for the play and the time was not wasted. While watching you can see that they know what they are doing and have fun doing it!


narrator – Bhinmaya Prajapti

Dhreetrastra – Ommani Sharma

Duryodhana – Ram K.A.C.

Yudhisthir – Ramesh Khadka

Sakuni – Nhuchchhe Shrestha

Arjuna – Shyam Khadka / Avineet Malla

Sanjay – Tika Bhakta Jirel

Bhardar – Shiva Prasad Adhikari

Nartaki – Meena Khadka

But I don’t want to tell you too much. Come and watch yourself!

The play will be shown until the 21. of April in our Sarwanam Theatre in Kalikhastan, the heart of Kathmandu.

Ticket prices are 100 and 50 rupees.

If you have questions, suggestions or anything to say please contact us!

Tel.: 014438947

Or if you are near by just drop in for a tea or coffee in our cafe Rangakarma.

Feel welcome!

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Opening of the new Sarwanam Dramatic Art Center

After years of constructing, planning and creating, Sarwanam will soon be able to proudly present to you the new Sarwanam Theatre- Building!

Therefore we planned a great Opening – Festival, located in the upcoming month.

The Festival will include a whole week of theatre and art. Thus the Sarwanam theatre group develops a new play called: “Sakuni Pasaharu”, which will be staged in Sarwanam’s self – constructed auditorium! Next to that some exquisite musicians will entertain you with classical and traditional music.

Furthermore the building provides an exhibition room, where fifteen different renowned painters of Nepal will present their art to you.

On top of that all people who are interested in literature can use our new library, which contains a variety of books about art, theatre, film and many more media and contents.

Meanwhile our new “Cafe Rangarkarma” will serve you tea, coffee and bakery items and other food.

For more information about the certain date please visit our official website soon:

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Tagoreka Patraharu

Wednesday , 11th of may, Sarwanam theatre-group performed at “Army Officers Club” on the occasion of the 150th birthday of the famous Indian poet “Rabindranath Tagore”. For this play called “Tagoreka Patraharu”, our director Ashesh Malla mixed different stories and poems written by Tagore into a single fluent coherent playwright. Therefore there was a narrator, who introduced the acted scenes by reading out extracts of Tagore’s stories and moreover connected the different storylines.

This technique of combining different stories into one single story till now has been an entirely new way for Sarwanam to express art as well as it was new for the theatre-culture of Nepal.

Furthermore the play had the typical characteristic of Sarwanam drama to be able to being put into an actual political and social context.

On top of that the whole play was supported by constant guitar, tabla – drum and harmonium – music and a variety of light effects.

Altogether the Sarwanam group gave a good show to the auditorium and many newspapers summarized the play as an impressing piece of drama.

Some Extracts:

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Sarwanam in India!

This is a short diary of our tour to India, Bubaneswor, between 28th of February and 11th of March, were Sarwanam performed the “13th Multilingual Theatre-Festival” of Bubaneswor.

1st day:  9am: we all met at Naya – Buspark to start the long way to Bubaneswor, Orissa, India, to join as one of 7 other theatre groups in the 13th Multilingual Theatre Festival of Orissa. The bus drove us to Birgunj, a town located directly at the border to India. The travel took us far longer than we thought. We rested one night in a guesthouse at the main road. Everybody was fine, only the mosquitoes got on our nerves.

2nd day:  In the early morning two “tempos” brought us over the border to Raksaul in India. There we took the train to Kolkata (Howrah). It was a very long, but interesting travel. The train drove us nearly 24 hours through the north-east of India and we slept in fold out bed-seats.

3rd day: After the more or less rehabilitating sleep in the train we arrived in Kolkata in the morning. We had a lot of time to explore and discover all corners of the big train station of Kolkata, because we had to wait 18 hours for the next train to arrive. But well, that’s Indian railway.

4th day: Lucky wise the train arrived and departed punctually. As exhausted as we were from the long rest in Kolkata we all fell asleep fast. The train arrived in the early morning in Bubaneswor. There one of the coordinators of the theatre-festival welcomed us and brought us to a guesthouse near to the theatre-building. After taking rest and discovering the guesthouse and the streets around it and enjoying a very tasteful meal, we saw one of the seven theatre plays, which were shown at the “13th Multilingual Theatre-Festival” in the theatre-hall  of ”Satabdira, Kalakara”.

è The “Multilingual Theatre-Festival” is a Festival with a long tradition. It takes place since thirteen years now. “Multilingual” in this case means, that the staged theatre- plays are performed in different languages, which are spoken in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

5th day: First rehearsal in the morning in a room of the guesthouse. In the afternoon we visited the centre of the “Natya  Chetana” -theatre, which established in the 80ties and aimed to make political and social theatre on issues such as land-occupation and democracy. It is a very alternative theatre: In the 90ties they were practicing “cycle”-theatre around the district of Orissa (all theatre-material is transported with bicycles, no use of cars, busses etc.). Similar to Sarwanam “Natya Chetana” also focuses on street-theatre.

In the evening we watched the fourth performance of the Festival, performed by a group from Bangladesh.

6th day: The day of our performance. We arrived early this morning at the theatre to build up our theatre-background and to check the light and sound system. After a little lunch break we continued the rehearsal, this time with all features and the real settings of the performance on stage. We rested in the theatre the whole day long, only for a small lunch we drove back to the guesthouse.

è For the Festival Ashesh Malla decided to stage the play “Remaining Pages of History”. The story was written some years ago and it was already performed in Nepal as well as in Thailand. It deals with the extremely cruel civil war, initiated by the Maoists, which took place in Nepal until the year 2005. In the play a small innocent village gets involved into the struggle between Maoists and Army by accident. At the end a whole family dies without cause.

Evening: The play was performed and the people loved it, everything went fluently and as it was planned! The group can be really proud of it! But there were even more good news! Additionally we got to know that the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu wants SARWANAM to develop a theatre play based on a novel of the famous nepali literate “Rabindranath Tegore” It should be staged in May.

That night we went to bed very late, discussing the good and bad sites of our performance.  Everybody was happy.

7th day:  Sarwanam went to the theatre in the morning to give a discussion about the performed play one day before. Most of the criticism was positive. A lot of people liked the play in his whole composition; some liked the special style of Sarwanam-drama to put the focus on the body language. That makes the play understandable, although mankind doesn’t understand the spoken language. The negative critic was only facing small details of the play. The rest of the day we used to just hang around and take a rest of the exhausting heat of Orissa. Later that evening we watched the 6th theatre play of the week.

8th day: We got up from bed very very early in the morning to go to Puri, a famous town at the coast of Orissa, which is popular for its huge Hindu-temple “      “. Members of the “Natya Chetana” theatre accompanied us and helped us to get through the chaos of Puri’s streets and traffic. Thanks a lot!

After the more or less short visit of the temple the Sarwanam members took a bath in the Indian Ocean. That was a pleasure for everybody, especially for those who didn’t see ocean yet. In the evening we saw the last theatre-play of the festival.

9th day:  After relaxing in the guesthouse for the whole day and a short visit in the office of the” Natya Chetana” – theatre we took our last meal with delicious food provided by the kitchen of the guesthouse and drove to the train station in the evening to make the long way back to Kathmandu again.  At the train station we had a long farewell with the president of the Satabdira, Kalakra – theatre “Dhira Mallik“ and the main coordinating persons. We were all very thankful for the great services, which were provided for us during our rest in the guesthouse. Thanks a lot.

11th day: Early in the morning we reached Kathmandu, tired, but with good feelings in our stomachs, telling us that the future will contain a lot more projects for us to work on!

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Sarwanam at “Park-Gallery”

At  the 13th of march, Sarwanam performed at the “Park Gallery” in Lalitpur due to the opening of a new art exhibition called “Future of History”, a collaborative art project by eight different painters and artists, including Ashesh Malla , Sarwanam director and Mukesh Malla, who is a renowned painter and also the research coordinator of the project.

The play called “Lokeswor” deals with the theme of Rato Machhendranath Jatra, a popular festival which is located at the end of April/ beginning of May in old Patan and initiates the beginning of the rain-season.

The short play had duration of 20 minutes and was therefore fitting very well as a play to welcome the visitors of the exhibition. The audience was a mixture of both young and old people. Also foreigners took a look on our play. All in all it was a very interesting, comfortable and for our group successful evening, because we saw a lot of paintings and the audience was greater than we expected!

Some pictures of the evening:

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Sarwanam Overview

This short overview is written by me, Johannes, a new volunteer from Germany, who has been working as a volunteer at Sarwanam since 2 ½ months now. The purpose of this text is to show the view of a foreign, almost outstanding person, on the work of Sarwanam.

Sarwanam is moving on towards an auspicious future. In the past, Sarwanam, as a theatre with political claims, was an important institution for the integration of social aspects and the spread of democracy. Performing street drama in nearly every part of Nepal as well as in other countries, such as Thailand or India, Sarwanam has gained the reputation of being a unique kind of theatre due to its aims and subjects.

Since 4 years, the group, under the guidance of Sarwanam’s founder Ashesh Malla, is in process to build up an own theatre-building in Putalisadak, Kathmandu. Soon the building will be completed and marking the beginning of a new era for Sarwanam.

With the new field of acting on stage continuously the Sarwanam Drama expands its work. Of course the old fields of work such as street drama, giving workshops and others will remain.

The Sarwanam-group

As the Sarwanam-group is young, therefore it is powerful!

Before I started my work at Sarwanam, I didn’t expect the group to be so young. From Germany I’m used to watch theatre whose members have an average age of 30. But in Sarwanam the average is far younger. It seems to me, that especially the mixture of young actors and an “old” director as well as some older actors will be a successful receipt for the future of Sarwanam. The experience of Ashesh Malla and his older actors makes the Sarwanam in all its features stable and authentic, while the spirit and the motivation of our younger members will advance the drama by giving new and modern ideas and input.

Furthermore there is something special about the Sarwanam theatre.

In comparison to other dramas and work-fields the Sarwanam makes almost no difference between work and private life – in a very positive way.

As the Sarwanam has been a non-commercial theatre without the attempt to compete with other theatres and branches the whole “family” of Sarwanam was collected by inviting friends and/or by being willed to support Sarwanam as a volunteer. Therefore the group behaves like a family and a circle of friendship. This has got the result, that the whole atmosphere at Sarwanam is friendly and happy, which is essential for the success and the good work of it. If somebody has problems, one will always get help from other Sarwanam-members.


The Sarwanam-building

Speaking for a foreign person, I have to say that the Sarwanam-building seems to be on a good way to fulfill the claims both of nepali-visitors and foreigners. 

Since I began my work at Sarwanam two month ago, a lot of things developed forward rapidly.

The Café Rangakarma in the first hall of the building looks great with its bar at the corner and especially the floor appears to make a very serious impression on me. The same with the exhibition-room. Both floor and the light-installation make mankind feel serious and warm, entering the room. Although the library is quite small, it will have a similar effect on the enterer due to its style, which is similar to the café and the exhibition room.

Concerning the audience it is an exciting experience to recognize that there is also a theatre which will play in a hall, which is far longer than broad and has a so called “close”-stage.

Furthermore there is the rehearsal-room. A room at the ground floor of the house, which is already in its final status, after working hard on it for a few months. With one wall provided with mirrors the room is essential for our actors to reflect their acting during the time of rehearsal.

On top of that there is a total new office for our director Ashesh Malla, which was built by cutting the old rehearsal and working-room into two pieces. The old working-room is now used just as a small lounge for the Sarwanam-members.

With the latest achievements of a broad link-internet as well as a new generator, which will spend electricity for the whole building, the Sarwanam-building is approaching the status of a professional theater complex.

At last I am very curious about what will be the reaction of visitors on the outer color of the building, because I never saw a theatre-building in such a bright blue color! But I suppose that this will make the Sarwanam building appear even more interesting.


The actual Play

As the Sarwanam-building will be completed soon, our Sarwanam-group is now practicing rehearsals for the Opening Festival of the building. The name of the theatre play, which will be staged is: “itihaash ka baki prishthaharu“ (Remaining Pages Of History). It’s a play, written by Ashesh Malla, which was first staged in Nepal in the summer of 2007 and due to its success also in other countries afterwards.

In this play innocent villagers get struck into a conflict between Maoists and the Government, because the governmental army suspects one of the villagers to support the Maoists.

The suspicion evokes a serial of cruel and unintended incidents around the small community. Against this background the play focuses on the development of an unlucky woman, who loses almost whole of her relatives during the struggles between Maoists and Government.

In order to the typical style of Sarwanam’s way of acting I was quickly able to understand the content of the play without understanding the Nepalese language.

One main characteristic of this style is the exclusion of almost any requisites. The actor only acts with his own body, using it to demonstrate which item or object he his using.

Thus the Sarwanam emphasizes on mime and symbolic body movements to express social based stories.

In comparison to German theatre, for instance, the Sarwanam drama is more expressive, the actors act more dramatically.

I am curious about the coming year and full of anticipation to be able to observe the work of Sarwanam in such a time of critical change.

Some expressions of the rehearsal of “Remaining Pages Of History”:

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