On Bhadra 15, 2080, the Library Sections of Khwopa Engineering College and Khwopa College of Engineering collaborated to host a captivating interaction program centered around the book "Bhaktapur: The Capital of the Malla Nepal Mandala." In celebration of the 16th National Library Day, this event sought to foster thoughtful engagement among faculty, staff, and students regarding the multifaceted aspects of Bhaktapur's history, art, culture, and architecture.
Authored by the esteemed senior Conservation Architect, Professor Dr. Sudarshan Raj Tiwari, "Bhaktapur: The Capital of the Malla Nepal Mandala" is a meticulously researched masterpiece that offers readers a profound glimpse into the rich tapestry of Bhaktapur.
Professor Dr. Sudarshan Raj Tiwari, with over 38 years of teaching experience in architecture and urban planning and a rich portfolio of consultancy work, brings an unparalleled depth of knowledge to this subject. His national and international publications underscore his dedication to researching Nepali architecture, urban development, and culture.
During the interaction program, Professor Tiwari delved deep into the historical significance of Bhaktapur, once the illustrious capital of the Malla kingdom. He shed light on its pivotal role in shaping Nepal's cultural heritage, making this complex historical narrative accessible and engaging for a wide readership. His passion for the subject was profound, adding authenticity to every word.
Professor Tiwari presented the noteworthy feature of this book by including stunning photographs and illustrations that beautifully complement the text. These visuals provide readers with a vivid portrayal of Bhaktapur's architecture, sculptures, and artwork, enhancing their understanding of the city's cultural opulence. It captured the intricate details of Bhaktapur's temples, palaces, and public spaces, making history come alive.
Furthermore, the interaction transcended Bhaktapur's physical aspects, exploring its spiritual and cultural dimensions. It illuminated the city's rituals, emphasizing the enduring importance of its religious sites, including the sacred Astamatrika and the enigmatic tantric mandala. This multidimensional approach painted a holistic picture of Bhaktapur's identity, enriching the reader's comprehension of its cultural mosaic.
Er. Sujan Maka, Principal of Khwopa Engineering College, expressed his delight at the program's success. He lauded the book as a valuable and enlightening resource for those intrigued by Nepal's history and culture, particularly the city of Bhaktapur. He emphasized that whether one is a history enthusiast, anthropologist, architect, or traveler with a penchant for exploring the Kathmandu Valley, this book offers a comprehensive and enriching understanding of Bhaktapur's significance within Nepal's cultural heritage.
Er. Sunil Duwal, Principal of Khwopa College of Engineering, also delivered insightful remarks during the program. He commended Professor Tiwari's infectious expertise and passion for the subject matter, thanking him for illuminating the historical importance of Bhaktapur.
Ms. Jastara Koju, the Head of the Library Section, extended a warm welcome to all participants and expressed pride in hosting such enlightening events. Architect Rabina Shilpakar contributed her thoughts to the book, making this interaction a rich tapestry of perspectives and insights.
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