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In pictures: Nepal's painter caste struggles to save dying art

Updated : 2019-09-02 10:57:57

Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations. The art and tradition, however, is dying because of mass machine printed posters and card-size pictures of gods that are cheaper and more popular.

In this Aug. 4, 2019, photo, a Nepalese man checks a traditional painting displayed for sale at a market during Naag Panchami festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal. The art and tradition of Nepal’s Chitrakar families, who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations is dying because of mass machine printed posters and card-size pictures of gods that are cheaper and more popular. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this Aug. 4, 2019, photo, a Nepalese man checks a traditional painting displayed for sale at a market during Naag Panchami festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal. The art and tradition of Nepal’s Chitrakar families, who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations is dying because of mass machine printed posters and card-size pictures of gods that are cheaper and more popular. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this Aug. 5, 2019, photo, a Nepalese man displays a machine made painting on his house door during Naag Panchami festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal. The art and tradition of Nepal’s Chitrakar families, who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations is dying because of mass machine printed posters and card-size pictures of gods that are cheaper and more popular. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this Aug. 5, 2019, photo, a Nepalese man displays a machine made painting on his house door during Naag Panchami festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal. The art and tradition of Nepal’s Chitrakar families, who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations is dying because of mass machine printed posters and card-size pictures of gods that are cheaper and more popular. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, A Nepalese woman stands next to the door with the traditional painting on top during Naag Panchami festival Bhaktapur, Nepal. Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations. The art and tradition, however, is dying because of mass machine printed posters and card-size pictures of gods that are cheaper and more popular.(AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, A Nepalese woman stands next to the door with the traditional painting on top during Naag Panchami festival Bhaktapur, Nepal. Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations. The art and tradition, however, is dying because of mass machine printed posters and card-size pictures of gods that are cheaper and more popular.(AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
This July 29, 2019, photo shows machine printed posters prepared ahead of the Naag panchami festival at a store in Kathmandu, Nepal. The art and tradition of Nepal’s Chitrakar families, who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations is dying because of mass machine printed posters and card-size pictures of gods that are cheaper and more popular. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
This July 29, 2019, photo shows machine printed posters prepared ahead of the Naag panchami festival at a store in Kathmandu, Nepal. The art and tradition of Nepal’s Chitrakar families, who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations is dying because of mass machine printed posters and card-size pictures of gods that are cheaper and more popular. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this Aug. 2, 2019, photo, a Nepalese man checks newly printed posters getting ready ahead of Naag panchami festival at a printing press in Kathmandu, Nepal. The art and tradition of Nepal’s Chitrakar families, who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations is dying because of mass machine printed posters and card-size pictures of gods that are cheaper and more popular. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this Aug. 2, 2019, photo, a Nepalese man checks newly printed posters getting ready ahead of Naag panchami festival at a printing press in Kathmandu, Nepal. The art and tradition of Nepal’s Chitrakar families, who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations is dying because of mass machine printed posters and card-size pictures of gods that are cheaper and more popular. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this Aug. 2, 2019, photo, machine printed posters get ready ahead of Naag panchami festival at a printing press in Kathmandu, Nepal. The art and tradition of Nepal’s Chitrakar families, who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations is dying because of mass machine printed posters and card-size pictures of gods that are cheaper and more popular. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this Aug. 2, 2019, photo, machine printed posters get ready ahead of Naag panchami festival at a printing press in Kathmandu, Nepal. The art and tradition of Nepal’s Chitrakar families, who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations is dying because of mass machine printed posters and card-size pictures of gods that are cheaper and more popular. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, Chitrakar couple Tej Kumari and Purna, left, pose for photographs at their residence in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations. For the Chitrakar couple it is a struggle to keep the dying art alive against the modern mass produced prints. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, Chitrakar couple Tej Kumari and Purna, left, pose for photographs at their residence in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations. For the Chitrakar couple it is a struggle to keep the dying art alive against the modern mass produced prints. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, Tej Kumari Chitrakar makes traditional paintings ahead of Naag Panchami festival at her residence in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations. For Tej Kumari and her husband it is a struggle to keep the dying art alive against the modern mass produced prints. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, Tej Kumari Chitrakar makes traditional paintings ahead of Naag Panchami festival at her residence in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations. For Tej Kumari and her husband it is a struggle to keep the dying art alive against the modern mass produced prints. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, wooden stamps which are used to make traditional paintings are displayed at the residence of Chitrakar couple Tej Kumari and Purna, in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations. For the Chitrakar couple it is a struggle to keep the dying art alive against the modern mass produced prints. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, wooden stamps which are used to make traditional paintings are displayed at the residence of Chitrakar couple Tej Kumari and Purna, in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations. For the Chitrakar couple it is a struggle to keep the dying art alive against the modern mass produced prints. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, Tej Kumari Chitrakar mixes color to make traditional paintings ahead of Naag Panchami festival at her residence in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations. For Tej Kumari and her husband it is a struggle to keep the dying art alive against the modern mass produced prints. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, Tej Kumari Chitrakar mixes color to make traditional paintings ahead of Naag Panchami festival at her residence in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations. For Tej Kumari and her husband it is a struggle to keep the dying art alive against the modern mass produced prints. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, handmade traditional brushes, left, are lined up along with modern paint brushes at the residence of Chitrakar couple Tej Kumari and Purna, in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations. For the Chitrakar couple it is a struggle to keep the dying art alive against the modern mass produced prints. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, handmade traditional brushes, left, are lined up along with modern paint brushes at the residence of Chitrakar couple Tej Kumari and Purna, in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations. For the Chitrakar couple it is a struggle to keep the dying art alive against the modern mass produced prints. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, Tej Kumari Chitrakar makes a traditional painting ahead of Naag Panchami festival at her residence in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations. For Tej Kumari and her husband it is a struggle to keep the dying art alive against the modern mass produced prints. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, Tej Kumari Chitrakar makes a traditional painting ahead of Naag Panchami festival at her residence in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations. For Tej Kumari and her husband it is a struggle to keep the dying art alive against the modern mass produced prints. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, Tej Kumari Chitrakar makes traditional paintings ahead of Naag Panchami festival at her residence in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations. For Tej Kumari and her husband it is a struggle to keep the dying art alive against the modern mass produced prints. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, Tej Kumari Chitrakar makes traditional paintings ahead of Naag Panchami festival at her residence in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Chitrakar families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu were renowned traditional painters and sculptors who depicted gods and goddesses on temples, masks of Hindu deities and posters for various religious celebrations. For Tej Kumari and her husband it is a struggle to keep the dying art alive against the modern mass produced prints. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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