Gai Jatra – Everything You May Want To Know About Gaijatra (Cow Festival) of Nepal – History, Videos, Comedy, Photos, Importance, Ideas etc

Nepali Comedy Gai Jatra

Gai Jatra is a celebration for the comedians in Nepal. Comedians with their satire and hawk get ready to make us laugh. They get the chance to show their skills especially for the new upcoming talents in the comic field. In this festival, no one is left behind.

From the president king to the government staffs, from the army to even tea shop owners are hit by the satirical poems.

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So various comedy acts are performed during the festival. Gai Jatra is the summary of disorder of society seen in a variety of ways and numerous recent incidents. Gathering of local and national comedians and artists can be seen in Kathmandu and all over Nepal.

In recent times Shisnupani Nepal organised the special program. They putthe political personality in the program, among the ordinary citizens. They demonstrate their best and bad aspects in front of them among thousands of common people.

Such special program takes place for 10 to 15 days. Television, radio, magazines and newspaper are also soaked in the color of gai jatra.

One of the reasons for being such a celebration of comedy is that public holiday is given for a day. So the artists get the opportunity to gather too much more mass audiences. The comedians hold the stage programs at various auditoriums.

Some even start the preparation one year before to make the movies regarding gai Jatra. The media channels also separate particular hours to show the comedy acts. Some even forecaste the live programs.

The famous artists where crowds of people go to see the performance are Madan Krishna Shrestha and Hari Bansha Acharya. They are the legends of comedy in Nepal. They can be regarded as the fathers of comedy in Nepal.

They, however, have retired now. Promising comedians have names like Manoj Gajurel, Jeetu Nepal known as Mundre, Shiva Hari Poudel, Kedar Ghimire famous as Mangne Budha, Buddhi Tamang, Deepak Raj Giri, Kiran K.C., Sitaram Kattel better known as Dhurmush.

The female artists are not left behind either. The artists like Deepa Shree Niraula, Basundhara Bhusal, Kunjala Ghimire better known as Suntali.

These are some of the names that perform special acts in Gai Jatra with more of a satirical punchspecially to the political leaders of Nepal.

The poets are not far behind. New talents writes the satirical poems in gaijatra.

The cartoon artists publish thecartoons of the politicians on the daily newspapers like Kantipur dainik, Annapurna posts, Himalayan times.

Even there are painters who portray the comedic and satirical pictures on the walls of Kathmandu.

How the trends of the comedy arise in the festival of Gai Jatra is quite unknown. Why the satirical acts? Why the Gai Jatra has been marked as the day of raising the issues interested in public?

May be the answer to the question lies within the origin of gai Jatra. Since king, Pratap Malla wanted to bring his Queen out of depression from the death of her son. He ordered for the procession of cows in decorations. He also ordered the citizens to enjoy in the evening after the procession. Since at the time there were no television or internet.

The only for the people to enjoy were through the acts of comedy, joking, humor and mocking each other. These somewhat gave the mild happiness and strength to the family of the deceased. Since the acts were performed to console the mourning families the people on whom the jokes were played or those of whom the mocking acts were performed didn’t get angry or furious.

Since then these satirical funny acts have been performed on the streets or the stage. They are free to express their opinions on the leaders. The leaders can’t punish them for the acts they perform.

This year Gaijatrawill also show the same dependency of our political leaders on our neighboring countries. This year Gaijatra will also parade the recent election and happenings and the weaknesses of the political leaders like not knowing what to say and what not when you’re visiting the other countries.

Author: Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a writer of 12 Nepali literature books, film director of Maithili film & Nepali short movies, photographer, founder of media house, designer of websites and editor of some blogs, has expert knowledge & experiences of Nepalese society, culture, tourist places, travels, business, literature, movies, festivals, celebrations.

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