KATHMANDU, Aug. 31: During the celebration 70 years of India’s independence and 70 years of Nepal-India Diplomatic Relations this year, the Embassy of India in Kathmandu, in association with the Nepal Tourism Board, the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) and Hotel Soaltee Crown Plaza, is organizing the Festival of West Bengal in Kathmandu on 3-10 September at Hotel Soaltee Crown Plaza. The Festival is supported by Asian Paints and Nestle.
According to the today's press release of Embassy of India The inaugural ceremony of the Festival would feature Santoor performance by renowned Indian classical musician Shri Tarun Bhattacharya and Bengali vocalist Ms. Archita Bhattacharjee on the evening of 3rd September. The Festival will also present renowned Chef’s from Holiday Inn Kolkata to showcase Bengali cuisine. On 4 September at Q’s Cinema at Rising Mall, Kathmandu, there would be screening of the movie “Messi”, a Bengali movie highlighting the fondness for football in West Bengal and would found resonance amongst the Nepali audience.
As part of the Festival, a Cross-border Trade and Tourism Expo will be held with support from the Nepal Tourism Board and FNCCI. A business delegation from West Bengal-Nepal Chambers of Commerce and Industry (WBNCCI) would hold B-2-B Meeting with Nepal’s business leaders. The delegation would also hold meetings with senior Government of Nepal officials, including Ministries of Commerce, Industry and Urban Development as well as Nepal Investment Board and Kathmandu Metropolitan Corporation.
The Festival is part of the Embassy’s effort to showcase cultural richness of various Indian States bordering Nepal. We are confident that the Festival will provide an opportunity to our Nepali friends to relish West Bengal’s food, music, culture and social life.