Culture of Silence | Protest Performance | Phase I

Saturday 23rd of July 2016 , Tripureshwor - Maitighar Mandala - New Baneshwor, 8 min read

(With assistance from students of Lalit Kala Campus in design, photography and calligraphy)

Performing artists: Hit Man Gurung, Mekh Limbu, Subas Tamang, Lavkant Chaudhary, Bikash Shrestha

Coordinator: Sheelasha Rajbhandari


Dr. Govinda KC is a veteran Nepali orthopedic surgeon and a philanthropic activist. He is known internationally for his humanitarian work. His non-violent protests and fasts have successfully pressured the government and stakeholders. But this time, like always, the government failed to abide by its past agreements, once again compelling Dr. KC to stage his eighth fast-unto-death protest. Dr KC & #39’s demands do not stem from a personal agenda; nor are they determined by any political party. Rather, he has raised issues that impact every single person in this country, from all walks of life. However, the government has been continually hesitant and indecisive. Their overall negligence regarding this critical matter clearly reflects a corrupted and bureaucratic position.


The culture of silence prevalent in Nepali society throttles critical expressions and prevents an open dialogue, even when it comes to serious issues. As conscious citizens who are part of an artists’ collaborative, this performance art project is our attempt to support Dr. KC and participate in a necessary discourse. We believe that any form of creative contemporary art which is directly linked to social issues has the potential to spark meaningful discussions.