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Age: 30
Profession: Artist
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal 

How do you relate to Buddhism? I treasure the insights that Buddhism holds, but I am not a diligent Buddhist practitioner, nor am I into any particular religion. People ask me, “Do you meditate?” I respond, “I don’t stick myself into any strict postures.” Most of the time I am playful. When I see an ant crawling on my body, I let it travel peacefully. Or I lift it and gently shift it to some other place. That is a meditation.

You’re best known for the white butterfly movement. What is it, and how did it come into existence? While I was working in my studio, pondering some complex art project, a small white butterfly landed on my paintbrush. I was thinking of creating a very intense piece of art to shock my audience. But then this tiny creature came in, and I forgot what I was doing and became happy. This little butterfly was teaching me so much.

Art has become very limited: it appears in the same galleries and is seen by the same invited circles. I have always believed that art should be for everyone. So I thought that this time the uninvited would be my guests, and I started putting white butterflies in public spaces in the city, like billboards and trees.

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