Art Works! Sangai Khelaun, Ghyachowk – Srijanalaya

Art Works! Sangai Khelaun, Ghyachowk

Date: 12nd June 2015

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: Ghyachok, Mid-Western Development Region, Nepal

Age Group: 4-16

Participants: 300

Project Details

    Srijanalaya's team of  of 29 artists, educators, psychosocial counselors and mental health nurses, was stationed in Shree Dhansira Secondary School in Ghyachok, Gorkha, from June 12 to 16.  We conducted activities that included Circus Kathmandu's workshops, Creative Movement Storytelling, a natural material mural, creating dream spaces through printmaking, and intimate quiet reading/early literacy work. In addition to working with the children, we organized psychosocial counselling for teachers and attempted to create a feeling of lightness in the community. 

    Ghyachok VDC lies just opposite Barpak, along the epicentre of the April 25 earthquake. Over 500 homes were destroyed because of the quake and 16 people lost their lives.  At least three villages – Baspot, Thumgaon, and Milim – were having to relocate due to risk of landslides. Before the earthquake people had finally built their homes and brought electricity and water to their villages. When we were there, they were just starting to pick themselves up. They were bracing themselves for the coming monsoon.  The arts were a part of their everyday lives, of their hopes and struggles.

    'Over 300 children, including children in ECDC and students from Class 1 to 10 sang, danced, played circus games, read quietly, and drew.  Parents, grandparents, teachers, and teenagers sat in concentric circles around the school ground and watched the workshops and performances by their children and our artists. They even joined some of the activities as their children laughed and worked together, shedding their fear and inhibition.  The community tapped into their own creative resources – their own dance forms, songs, and music.

    The clouds parted each morning for the day's work. We received the amazing hospitality of Janachetana Aama Samuha, the school community, and Dhwoj Gurung.

     Watch this video to see what Ghyachowk looked like when we got there.

     This video will provide you a glimpse of our work while we were there.