As an artist, an art writer and faculty member in art history, Navindra Man Rajbhandari, the Vice-Principal of Sirjana College of Fine Arts, has significantly contributed towards the development of fine arts. He believes that creation of art should please the eyes of its beholder. He feels if his piece gives some ‘optical pleasure’ to the spectator, it would satisfy him greatly.
Everything that we humans execute is a form of art. Every activity that we conduct requires a special skill and hence that knowledge in itself is an art, opines Rajbhandari.
Nepal can show the world the two most important qualities it possesses – its cultural heritage and its natural resources. One of the major components of Nepal’s cultural heritage is fine arts. The sad thing, however, is that we have not been able to preserve our monuments and cultural heritage. We have not yet shown our strong will in preserving the cultural heritage we already possess.
Besides being an eloquent painter and engaged in Sirjana College of Fine Arts, Rajbhandari is equally a gifted designer as well. Moreover, He writes on art and teaches art history. The book ‘Pâshchâtyakalâ: SanòchhiptaItihâs’ – Part I (2013 A.D.) and Part II (2020 A.D.) falls into his credit as well. He is the designer of the new coat of arms (official logo) of the Government of Nepal. He has participated in numerous domestic as well as international seminars and workshops.
Rajbhandari has been recognized multiple times for his contributions. Some of his selected accolades are First Prize in the National Art Exhibition (2002 A.D.), National Association of Fine Arts (NAFA); National Education Award (1983 A.D.), the Ministry of Education and so on. He was honoured as Goodwill Ambassador of Matsuyama, Japan to Nepal by the Governor of Ehime Prefecture, Japan in 1992 A.D. Artist Rajbhandari, born in 1960, has come up with the theme – ‘TAMASOMÂJYOTIRGAMAYA’ (Lead me towards the light from the darkness). The artist incorporates this ancient philosophy with the modern representation of mass of colours on his canvas. His prime motive is to express the theme in abstract forms to relish the eyes of the viewers. At a first glance the textures in his works might appear to be rather random but in reality, they subtly hide a more intricate portrayal of nature behind the bold colours that he adds to his canvas.