Ephemera from the 1959 first general election and the 1980 plebiscite – rare images from the Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya collection as showcased in the Hri travelling exhibition.
In September 2013, when Nepal was gearing up for the Constituent Assembly Election, Hri and MPP Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP) collaboratively hosted the travelling exhibition Lived Stories Everyday Lives in Kathmandu. In addition to the set of over 20 images from across Southasia, the Kathmandu exhibition showcased a special Nepal Section aptly titled ‘The Election and the Referendum’.
The Election and the Referendum ‘The Election and the Referendum’ showcased campaign materials, flyers and pamphlets from the first general election in 1959 and the 1980 plebiscite. These are part of a rich collection of ephemera at the MPP. Established in 1956, MPP has a unique collection of monographs, periodicals and ephemera which reflects different aspects of Nepali society, culture, history and Nepali literature of different periods. The library collection is rich in rare materials, which are too vulnerable for circulation. The collections comprises newsletters, posters, pamphlets, banners, calendars, manuscripts, reports, manifestos, letters, sketches, photographs, negatives, film-footage, speeches, press releases, images of wall paintings, invitations, audio-records etc. These select and rare images have been made available online for the first time.