"What is the role of art? What is it for?" reflected Arjun Khaling while responding to moderator Hitman Gurung on Sunday at Kathmandu's Siddhartha Art Gallery. The ongoing exhibition, Amalgam, features paintings and prints by twenty-six contemporary Nepali artists; Sunday's program was one of four weekly discussion sessions being held at the gallery this July.
Gurung kicked off the event with a brief slideshow presentation featuring examples of art that represents artists and various socio-political movements in the world -- Dadaism, American Civil Rights, and China's Al Wei Wei, to name a few.