On the fateful day of 25 April 2015, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck Nepal, leaving trails of destruction that snatched more than 8,000 lives and impacted over 8 million people. Shortly after that, on 12 May 2015, another earthquake of magnitude 7.4 shook Kathmandu Valley once again, where countless more houses, trees and infrastructures were obliterated –leaving the destitute in despair as it swept through the affected villages. The people were faced with the disruption of power, water and food supply in the aftermath of this unforeseen calamity.On top of that,most of the historic, centuries-old monuments were also damaged in this earthquake. With the loss of their homes and loved ones, the surviving victims could only pray for timely help and support to pull through. Nepal became the concern of the world community and aid started to pour in. In this issue, CSR Malaysia shares the story of how Nirvana Asia Ltd played itspart in the Nepalese disaster relief efforts.
In an effort to help rebuild the homeland of the victims of the Nepal earthquake, Tan Sri Kong Hon Kong, Founder and Managing Director of Nirvana Asia Ltd. hosted a series of fund-raising art exhibition spresenting masterpieces by renowned artists from Malaysia and China. Representing their respective art and cultural associations, over 60 painters and calligraphers joined hands to officiate the ‘Reaching Towards You More Closely’Nepal Earthquake Disaster Relief Art Exhibition at Nirvana’s Chinese Calligraphy Stone Gallery in Semenyih, Selangor.
Led by the Ethnic Art and Dance Centre – asubsidiary of the Chinese Culture Department, China – the opening ceremony was graced by the honorable Zhou Bin, Head of the Cultural Division, Chinese Embassy (Malaysia). The art exhibition delighted the crowd with aspecial appearance of renowned painters and calligraphers from both Malaysia and China in a sharing session with some 300 people. The attendees were entertained with a traditional Chinese ethnic and folk dance, Guzheng performance and cultural talks, among others.
In addition, the ‘Kindness through Art’ exhibition was also a huge success among invited guests. Held at Nirvana’s Grand Ballroom, the event saw China’s renowned flower-and-bird painter, Du Xing along with local grandmasters such as Dr Zheng Hao Qian, Dr Fu Yong Gang, Yu Si Fu, Chen Jian Cheng and others.
Taking the fund-raising effort to the next level, the art exhibition is being supported by four main Nirvana branches in Johor Bahru, Sibu, Kota Kinabalu and Bukit Mertajam through a series of roadshows, scheduled untilDecember 2015. The upcoming exhibitions are set at Sibu (Sarawak) Memorial Park (November 7-8) as well as Kota Kinabalu (Sabah) Memorial Park (December 5-6)
The ‘Reaching Towards You More Closely’ – Nepal Earthquake Disaster Relief Art Exhibition was jointly organized by the Chinese Embassy (Malaysia), Nirvana, Chong De Culture and Education Foundation, Cultural Dance & Arts Center, Management Committee of Nirvana’s Chinese Calligraphy Stone Gallery, Malaysian Chinese Cultural Society, Graduates Association of the Chinese Studies (UniversitiTunku Abdul Rahman), Malaysian Contemporary Arts Alliance, Malaysian Chinese Calligraphy Association, Malaysian MAHA Association (Culture and Education), and Guan Yin Foundation. Participating artists are primarily from the Jiangsu Academy of Arts with the rest hailing from Anhui, Shaanxi, Fujian, Guizhou, Taizhou, Beijing, Hebei and Jiangxi, China. The showcase featured a number of masterpieces by a total of 57 artists, calligraphers and scholars.
Nirvana is looking forward to an enthusiastic participation from the public in the forthcoming exhibitions in this fund-raising endeavor for Nepal.