A Nepalese Photographer Captures the Earthquake’s Aftermath in His City
By Jen Kirby
Deependra Bajracharya and his family are living under a plastic tent in a football field at an army camp. It is one of the only open spaces near his old home in Dallu, a section of Kathmandu, Nepal. His house still stands, but Bajracharya spotted a sinister crack in its foundation. The Earth could shudder again, and if disaster hadn’t visited yet, it would.
Last weekend’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake claimed 6,100 lives and counting. The survivors, like Bajracharya, are waking up daily to a razed world. But none of this has stopped Bajracharya from working. An independent photojournalist, he has been photographing Nepal’s pain, even as he’s been a part of it. “I also cry during clicking,” he says.
It has not been an easy task. “Taking picture of people’s grief is always challenging to me,” Bajracharya wrote in an email. “I don’t want to take pictures of their pain but I [am] obliged to covering all situations to show world.” Bajracharya also doesn’t have electricity or steady access to the internet. His motorbike was damaged in the quake, so he can’t easily get around. More than anything, though, he, like so many others, is still afraid. “Everything can be solved,” he says. “But these fears, maybe can’t be.”
Bajracharya took all of his photographs in the aftermath of the quake in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, and his most recent shots are from Wednesday. A selection of those images are featured below.
Visit Deependra Bajracharya’s Facebook page for more details about his work.
Published on April 30, 2015 4:15 p.m.
A hand from the statue of King Pratap Maĺla under the debris after the statue collapsed and came under a huge pillar. (By Deependra Bajracharya, Hanumandhoka, Kathmandu)
A medium dressed as a deity jumps during a trance at Khokana village in Lalitpur, Nepal.
Putting on masks made of clay by thirteen old aged men worshiped as goddess after dressed traditional dress, ornaments with colorful clay masks. As goddess like Lord Ganesh, Kumari, Bhramayani, Vishnu, Maheshwor, Rudrayani, Indrayni, Barahi, Kali, Vairavh, Maha Laxmi, Nitya Nath Bhairav and Hanuman blessed the villagers with their wrinkled hands while villagers offered them sacrificed animals and Pujas.
They performed special daces while villagers offer sacrificed animals and prayers in hope of gaining blessing from the deities in the annual Shikali festival.
While Nepalese are busy visiting temples of Bhagawati, marking the festival of Dashain, is the longest and the most auspicious festival, celebrated by Nepalese people throughout the globe. It is not only the longest festival of the country but is also the one which is most anticipated, but the people of Khokana Village in Lalitpur are taking part in centuries-old mask dance of Shikali, is situated some eight kilometers south of the capital, Kathmandu is known for its unique way of tradition and culture.
A group of Nepalese priests with traditional attire play traditional instruments during the Festival. The performance is based on the story that is told in the holy book of Shree Swastani, the Hindu ritual.
Manat Lal Dongol, 89, has been enjoying the masked dance since his childhood days and he shared, “I like the dance of Lord Bhairabh where Bhairabh kills the demons with the help of other Devi, and the part where Maha Laxmi fights the demons and kills them.”
According to him, the dances are very attractive that can fascinate anyone who watches them, while all parts of the dances have a story to tell.
He urges, “One must watch these dances experience its charisma.” The dance is going to take place at Shikali ground annually.
The locals believe that dancers are endowed with divine powers once they put on the masks, enabling them to perform continuously for days. As helpers of the masked deities threw rice in the crowd, the local spectators wrestled to get their share, believing that rice thrown by the helpers can protect their children from ordinary ailments.
The festival of Shikali is stated to have been started during in 1246 AD.
A fire broke out at Bhotahiti, near Ason in the capital this evening. No human casualty, Birendra Sunar, armed police was fell down during the controlling of fire at building, was injured and treatment was running at Bir Hopital, has been reported.
The fire broke out due to leakage of cooking gas at the house of Bhupendra Kojoo.
The fire that broke out at around 7:00 in the evening has not been brought under control until 9:30 pm.
Five fire-engines have been mobilized to douse the fire. Similarly, a large number of police personnel, army men and locals are making their efforts to extinguish the fire.
Sources: RSS n locals
KATHMANDU, Dec. 13
ongoing project…many confusion but running.
A lemon and green chillies in one threads and it is hanged at ceiling to keep far away from any evil glance.Believe it or not, this practices are imported from neighbor like lemons, which are come from India.
Escaping Faces: Escaping Faces: The word itself has meaning. Escaping from your enemies, escaping from your beloved, escaping from dreams, escaping from work can be understood by everyone but escaping from yourself is always questing within yours, why? Is it important may there is no answer or because I am especial at present, so do not want to disclose myself as what I do or because I am not accepted by you, so I should present with this new introduction or May this question is not answered yet.
I was invited by organization in different time for photographed. I did as they said but I also clicked what I liked. Here are the some in following. I questioned to all of them, why you are in here with this identification? They reply with story with pain, struggle, poverty, situation, and profession. At end, they request to me do not tell untold story to anyone.
All have own path to live, I am questioning myself Why I am clicking?…
Patan, the evening view.
In front of the Palace, Krishna Mandir, Garud and Shiva Mandir.
Mangal Hiti, a public tap for drinking water.
Images of Buddha at Hirnya Barna Mahabihara.
Patan Durbar Square.