There has been a lot of Nepalese artists coming up in this day and age of social media. Due to the ease of entry and the ease of distribution, anyone with any kind of talent is able to expose their art to their circle of friends and others through social media sharing. What is not easy however is for these artists to set themselves apart using their own unique styles to differentiate them from the rest.
One shining example of an up and coming visual artist is Milan Thapa who has been able to come up with his own unique style of photography and video using stunning imagery, coloration and movements. He has been able to differentiate his work not only from his Nepalese counterparts but even other artists in the international arena. And the way he does it is using outstanding use of motion and color that is rarely seen in the media.
After doing multiple projects involving various popular and well known personalities, he has felt a need to portray the beauty of our motherland using his own visual cinematic style and when the final version came out, it was a breathtaking and beautiful amalgamation of scenery, art, skill and visualization all culminating into one beautiful piece of art known as
"Traverse Nepal: The Home Coming"
Following is some memorable facts during the project:
Idea and motivation behind the video.
I always had that urge to make my motherland known worldwide. That played vital role in motivating me. On the other hand, it was also for my portfolio. And about the idea, it was already being set on my mind from a long time. I was just waiting for the right time, when I'm mentally, physically and financially prepared. And there obviously was a lot of helping hands as I began my project.
Places you visited
After an week or so of landing in Nepal, me and my friends began our trip for the project. Our first spot was Palpa. Then had to stop in Bhairahawa for the smoke bombs. After that, we went to Chitwan straight up. Then to Dharan and Illam. After these road trips, we decided trek to Mardi Himal. As we were done with the trek, I realized to include some historical world heritages and went to Bhaktapur, Basantapur, Swoymbhunath, also included Kirtipur.
Amount of videos
After all the trips, I ended up with 2TBs of files which I had to cut to short and collaborate to 5 minutes as the length of the music provided by well known great artist; Rohit Shakya (Jindabaad/Fuzz Factory).
Currently based work
I'm currently in Boston, MA developing my skills as a freelance photographer, filmmaker, and creative director.
I just released my cinematic presentation, TRAVERSE NEPAL. Besides that, my next plans are to going to be portrait videos of some artists I met and had some good time in Nepal. Stay tuned for that. It will be out ASAP.
I have a long story on this stuff. I didn't know I couldn't bring in on plane with me. I already had bought a bunch in US, but unfortunately couldn't fly it here. So I had to do research on how to get those to Nepal, for the reason I had it in my plans for the project. Finally, found out it was luckily available in India. So we went on a road trip to Bhairahawa and waited there for 2 days. Met the third person on the 3rd day to get those smoke bombs.
Conflicts during the trip
We had a lot of conflicts during the trip i.e. it heavily snowed on the day we decided to trek all the way to the Mardi Himal, also got arrested for flying drone over Mardi, and so on. We were not aware that we were not allowed to fly drone in the area without permission. Later we found out, we need to go through a long process for the permission, but I was already short in days of my vacation.
Here are some other memorable videos that Milan has created and shared. Hope you will like and share!