KATHMANDU, Jan. 23: As part of the on-going mega cultural event “Days of North-East Cultural Festival- Namste Nepal”, the Tetseo Sisters from Nagaland State of North-East India and ethnic Nepali cultural performance by the artists of Sri Tara Band performed at Nepal Army Officers’ Club Auditorium (Sabha Mandap) Sundhara, Kathmandu on 22nd Jan 2017.
Cultural troupes from both Nepal and India showcased respective cultural diversities of the two nations at a single platform. Over the last six and a half decad4s, cultural cooperation has played a key role in bringing people of our two nations closer. The leading personalities in the field of literature, performing arts and related fields in both countries have left their indelible impressions on these relations. Singular objective of this mega event is to provide cultural glimpses of North East States of India and also to learn about diverse Nepali cultures. With today’s performances the epitome of our close cultural relations has once again vindicated.
The event was jointly inaugurated by Vice President of Nepal Nanda Bahadur Pun and Ranjit Rae, Ambassador of India to Nepal along with Vinay Kumar, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, and Roshan Lepcha, Director, Indian Cultural Centre, Kathmandu. The event also witnessed participation from resident diplomatic missions in Kahtmandu, along with the lawmakers, intellects art-lovers and academicians of Nepal.
As part of this mega event, an Art Exhibition and the North-East Food Fest titled “Byanjan: Flavours of North East States of India” showcasing diversity of the North-Eastern States of India was held in Kathmandu on 14 Jan 2017 and 19 Jan. 2017. A curtain raiser of the Cultural Event has launched on 20th Jan, from the historic place of Patan Durbar Square where the Lilly Veng Cultural & Drama Club from Mizoram State of North East India and Nepali/Newari and the artists from Jyapu Samaj and Akshewar Mahabihar Preservation Committee jointly performed amidst an enthralling audience. On January 20 a cultural performance by Thoibi Manipuri Dance & Cultural Institute from Manipur State of India was staged at Rastriya Sabha Griha (City Hall) wherein Nepalese artists form Kathamndu Metropolitan City performed jointly. Likewise, a series of cultural performances is being held in other cities of Nepal viz Birgunj, Jnakpur, Dharan, Pokhara, Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha by 04 cultrual troupes respresneting different genres from the Nroth-Eastern States of India viz. (a) Shilong Chamber Choir; (b) Tetseo Sisters; (c) Thoibi Manipuri Dance & Cultural Institute and (d) Lily Veng Cultural & Drama Club.
Cultural performances in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Dharan provided opportunities to the cultural troupes from both countries to share their respective rich cultural diversity. Such memorable event would go a long way in furthering our close age-old bilateral cultural relations and deepen our people-to-people contacts.