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Where have all the chautaris gone?
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Bharatpur, Sept. 12 -- Chatauris-resting spots that usually have a tree or two-are integral to Nepal's culture. They make for the perfect spot for people to rest and chat, while also serve religious importance. Chautaris have spawned several songs, from Khola Wari Khola Pari Pipalu Ra Bara (a romantic number by Madan Krishna Shrestha) to the era-defining pop song Deurali Ko Chautari Ma, by Sanjeep Pradhan. There are several other examples.
But of late, in Chitwan, the chautaris are fast disappearing. Ironically, while the songs are still popular, the chautari are nowhere to be found. The chautaris are being brought down to ease housing projects or road constructions. The trend to construct pratikshyalas, also resting spots but with a roo...
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