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Brewing Rakshi in Nepal Oil Painting by Shyam Shrestha

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The subject of this large horizontal oil painting by Kathmandu artist Shyam Lal Shrestha is a Nepali family gathered around their home distillery making rakshi, a strong, millet-based alcoholic drink. The work is signed by the painter and dated 1993. Shyam Shrestha was born in 1946 in the Kathmandu Valley, holds a diploma in fine arts, and since 1975 has had his work exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in Japan, India, Italy and the United States as well as in his own country. His paintings focus mainly on the activities of the people of Kathmandu. The colors and smoky, slightly out of focus feel of this oil on canvas evoke scenes from the back streets of the Patan section of the city, where Newari families annually distill their own special brew of rakshi, a traditional Nepali drink similar to arak. (For information, a recipe for rakshi can be found on Google by searching on "rakshi" but we don't advocate setting up a home distillery.) The canvas is stretched, framed and in perfect condition. Dimensions of framed piece: height 25" (64 cm), width 45" (114 cm).