"Bollywood actor Dev Anand has made great contributions to strengthen
the relations existing at the people to people level by making some
very popular films in Nepal. His film helped introduce Nepal's image in India. For the last four decades, Dev Anand's passion to visit Nepal has continued. Even at this stage, he came to Nepal to unveil his autobiography Romancing With Life.
Although he is 85, Dev Anand still has the same charisma, and his
smile still has the same power to steal hearts".said Spotlight
magazine in Kathmandu.
It is always a pleasure watching Dev Ananda's movie and his
acting. Dev Ananda's enthusiasm, passion for acting, and for working
for the cause of beauty has always impressed me. I am not just
praising Dev Ananda. It is a great quality to have an actor like Dev Ananda. His commitment, dedication and tireless efforts
help movies and our hearts. Truly admirable.
"Dev Anand's films are best known for their successful songs. Most of
his films are an expression of his world view and have dealt with
socially relevant subjects. He always emphasises this in his
interviews. He thinks that his films represent his personal points of
view," according to Wikipedia.
Dev Ananda was born in Punjab. His film was Hum Ek Hain (1946). Dev
was offered his first big break by Ashok Kumar.
Dev Ananda said in Kathmandu. "The way I have seen Nepal, most of you have not. I've traveled the world. Mark my words, no
place in this entire universe is as beautiful as your country. Even in
Switzerland, many things are man-made. Nepal is god-gifted. I appeal
to all to go to Nepal, go to the high mountains. They're tremendous.
That's Nepal to me."
Dev Anand is making a lot of difference in Nepalese hearts. We people
certainly deserve better music and arts. We have beautiful art and music with abundant natural heart.
A Local artist Sanu Thapa said to me in Kathmandu "I am deeply concerned that we might have to develop our arts and dance along with music like Dev Ananda's acting. The old movies in Nepal that we have are perfectly fine and only needed development on music progress and emancipation. There is no need to destroy our old arts and dance.
Indians and Nepalese dance and music have lasted for hundreds of
years, and will continue for more times to come for the
future generations," she said.
When I watch his wonderful acting it is certainly a reflection of all my emotions. His skills in creative acting is advanced. Dev Ananda become a world class actor now. That is something I aspire to as a poet. Dev Ananda's has evolved as a modernist, beautiful artist, emancipated actor, and purpose in his life.
I just hope the arts schools in Nepal develop as institutions like
in India based on reality. Of course, every individual is responsible for new actions and ideas for music and arts. Everyone of us must follow the path as taught to us by our arts, culture, drama and our dance. Our arts and music are the basis on which we must live our lives. If this is not the case then our society, civilization would never have existed. If
our society respects artists and place them in a respectable position
them our arts will have true meaning. No arts, movie or music can survive by relegating artists to second class or subservient status as some societies tend to do.
To me, for all of Dev Ananda's beauty his isthe best acting in the
world. Dev Ananda wants our way of life. If Dev Ananda and I join
hands together, we can make a big difference in our arts world.
Journalist and Story Writer Kamala Sarup is an editor for
http://www.mediaforfreedom.com/. She specializes in in-depth
reporting and writing on peace, anti-war, women, terrorism, democracy,
and development. Some of her publications are: Women's Empowerment in South Asia, Nepal (booklets); Prevention of Trafficking in Women
Through Media, (book); Efforts to Prevent Trafficking in for Media
Activism (media research). She has also written two collections of