the best thing about Sattya is pretty much everything they do such as - create, inspire, share and make a difference.
Sattya is an incredibly inclusive creative community. I took a podcasting workshop there in early 2013, but my participation extended well beyond that because of the breadth of what they do and the enthusiasm with which they do it. Sattya's programming all sharse the common theme of working to make Kathmandu a more liveable, vibrant city. Between public film screenings, street art projects, and the greening of public space, they are doing it in spades.
I interviewed three members of Sattya in spring 2013 as part of a research project I'm doing on street art in Nepal. One of Sattya's projects, Kolor Kathmandu, is among a growing number of street art initiatives in the country. The interviews were very helpful and illuminating, and I became even more impressed with Sattya Media Arts Collective after conducting them. Prior to visiting Sattya in person, I'd found their FB page while working on a similar research project on crowdfunding and crowdvoting for urban renewal initiatives in Kathmandu. Since I was not in Nepal at the time, I relied on their vibrant and well designed website, as well as their lively FB group for information. Urban revitalization is much needed in Nepal's cities, and I'm glad that Sattya is addressing the issue so well, with such a variety of creative and useful projects such as Bato ko Cinema, Hariyo Chowk, and Kolor Kathmandu, to name a few. I hope to return to Kathmandu soon and send my best wishes for Sattya's work to flourish further.
My experience teaching at Sattya was nothing less than inspiring. They are a collective of talented, creative, unpretentious and generous professionals who make it their mission to share their knowledge and energy with all who pass through. By inviting artists/professionals from around the world to teach workshops in Kathmandu, Sattya not only brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to young people in Nepal, but also creates lasting relationships between creative people from different cultures, which has tremendous value in itself. Their offices also offer essential multimedia tools for members to use in their creative projects, and serve as a meeting-ground for anyone who seeks to learn more about art, media, and DIY culture. As if this wasn't enough, the collective has expanded to include projects such as Hariyo Chowk (an urban gardening initiative) and Kolor Kathmandu (a large-scale city-wide mural painting movement). This unique combination of cutting-edge media work, multiculturalism, and social responsibility make Sattya a truly wonderful organization.
Sattya Media Arts Collective, located in Kathmandu, Nepal, is an incredible organization. This innovative non-profit brings together creative thought-leaders in Kathmandu-- such as writers, documentarians, artists, and designers-- to make work in response to Nepal's evolving cultural landscape. As one of the only forward-thinking and cutting-edge media or art centers in the city, the creative collaborations of its members is incredibly important and effective. The organization includes top-notch programing that includes technical media workshops, documentary screenings, youth development, street mural initiatives, and urban gardening. Sattya prioritizes the importance of collaborating with other non-profits in the community to multiple it's efforts, offering visual media resources and socially-motivated workshops. The director and staff are passionate, highly-skilled, ambitious, creative risk-takers that are making real change in the creative landscape of Nepal.
I stumbled upon SATTYA when I was living in Nepal. As a person with professional expertise about non governmental organisations specialized in arts and culture, I followed the works and projects of Sattya with great attention and curiosity. It is a great community organisation always taking care of the needs and wishes of the society, especially the young people. Through using arts and culture, they are changing the society, opening new horizons for young people and teach them to use arts as a way for expressing their ideas with a critical approach. Sattya is also very open to new ideas and projects from different people and give chance to say a word for young people. In a developing country like Nepal, it is very important to work with the young generation and help them to express themselves through different means and I believe that Sattya is very successful in doing that.
As a professional working in the cultural sector, I shared lots of ideas with the founder of Sattya and had the chance to observe their approach towards participation and collaboration. Sattya is very open to dialogue, discussion and sharing which are the most important assets of an NGO working with community.
I worked with Sattya for three weeks during late April and May of 2012 and was blown away by the organization. I was welcomed from the very beginning and immediately felt like I was part of their family. I was mainly helping them raise money for a green space/community garden, an issue I am very passionate about. I want to say we raised almost $10,000 in two weeks. They gave me the opportunity to wander the city and talk to different people trying to receive donations. Through this, I was given the opportunity to speak about the issue on the radio which completely changed my life.
Although I was really only helping with this one project, everything they do is incredible. Bringing sustainability to and promoting the arts in this area is so beneficial. I plan on working with them again this summer.
I had enrolled to take the 'Basic Photography Workshop' in April, 2011, at Sattya, around my 25th Birthday. And, It has been the best 'Birthday gift' I have given to myself ever. I had stepped in at SATTYA as a 'raw' guy with little knowledge about art and photography. And I evolved as a 'thoughtful and quite confident' youth as I completed my 6 month intern with SATTYA. Frankly speaking, SATTYA helped me realize my potential and stand up for what I feel. I discovered the real power of audio-visual media as I saw SATTYA empowering individuals with these media skills. Further, SATTYA has proven to be a 'Sajha Chautari' (open public forum) for art, music and movie enthusiasts and artists alike, from around the globe, to share and transfer their skills. More importantly, I feel SATTYA has been successful in giving out a positive message to the youths of 'transitional' Nepal, through its 'neighbourhood projects' like 'Hariyo Chowk', to stand up wherever they are and fight for what's right, in every small way they can.
I stumbled upon this organisation when I was taking a vacation in Nepal earlier this year. They have amazing projects planned all year long to motivate and cultivate the creativity in local community, not only by teaching new skills but also teaching them how to think outside of the box, which is crucial in a developing country. I have no experience working together with them but had the pleasure of observing how they run things and leaving an impact to the young generation living in Kathmandu. If they are given support needed, I am pretty sure it will amplify their efforts and prolong their journey in making a change.