Reviving Nepalese art & culture through computer technology
Active since the early millennium, animator brothers Sanyukta and Niyukta Shrestha's passion for defining Nepalese animation style resulted in yantrakala, literally meaning machine art in Sanskrit. Since its establishment in September 2007, yantrakala has been focussed in research and development of authentic Nepalese art using computer technology.
While most of yantrakala's in-house projects are managed mainly from London, it's Nepal Office is dedicated to commercial multimedia and video production that meets international standard. More than just a company, yantrakala is a movement.
The products of yantrakala aim to be informative and entertaining. They are always based on in-depth research, and exhibit creative qualities and technical expertise. yantrakala aims at educating about Nepalese history, culture and tradition through entertaining and creative animated features. So far, it has released a short animated film titled ‘Leaving the Village’, beta version of a Paubha visualization system called ‘PauViz’ and a Nepal script trainer called Aakhah Mhasikaa. Presently, yantrakala’s most ambitious project ‘Prachin Nepal’ is in research phase. Meanwhile, the creative team is also working on a children’s adventure series ‘Ramailo Nepal’.
Research on authentic Nepalese form and philosophy of art is a continuous project at yantrakala. Its research is mainly focussed from the ancient to medieval history of art in central Nepal. Outcome of these research mainly form the content of yantrkala's animated features and multimedia applications.
2007 AUG: yantrakala was born.
2007 SEP: LEAVING THE VILLAGE film was released on YouTube.
2007 NOV: LEAVING THE VILLAGE was premiered at Kendal Mountain Film Festival in Kumbria, UK.
2008 MAY: PAUVIZ ver 1.0 was released in yantrakala.com.
2008 NOV: LEAVING THE VILLAGE was screened at Himalaya Film Festival in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2008 OCT: yantrakala was incorporated as a company with Govt of Nepal
2009 APR: RAMAILO NEPAL teaser was released on YouTube.
2009 JUN: PRACHIN NEPAL teaser was released on YouTube.
2010 JUL: RAMAILO NEPAL teaser was screened at 4th Non-resident Nepalese Association's Europe Meeting in Paris, France.
2011 FEB: AAKHAH MHASIKAA ver 1.0 was released on yantrakala.com
2011 MAR: LEAVING THE VILLAGE was screened in One Film Animation Challenge at Kathmandu, Nepal.
2011 APR: LEAVING THE VILLAGE was screened in Alchemy Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London.
2012 FEB: PRACHIN NEPAL study works were exhibited at the annual Waltham Forest Art Club exhibition in Wood Street, London.
2012 APR: PRACHIN NEPAL study works were exhibited at an Art Catcher exhibition in Hackney Wick, London.