KATHMANDU, Jan. 27: The Embassy of India and B. P. Koirala Nepal-India Foundation in association with the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Asian Paints, are hosting the Uttar Pradesh Festival on January 26-27.
The opening ceremony of the festival was organized Thursday evening with performance by the legendary UstadBismillah Khan’s family. At a cultural event organized at Hotel Soaltee, Ustad Ali Abbas Khan led a troupe of five Shehnai players, enchanting an audience of nearly 260 persons. The opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi and Defence Minister Bal Krishna Khand, apart from senior Nepalese Government dignitaries and foreign diplomats. The cultural event was followed by opening of the exhibition of textiles and handicrafts of Uttar Pradesh. This exhibition would be running at Hotel Soaltee till 29th January. The event concluded with inauguration of UP Food Festival where famous chefs from Uttar Pradesh including the legendary Tunde Restaurant of Lucknow prepared Awadhi cuisine.
On 27thJanaury, Uttar Pradesh-Nepal Tourism Symposium was held at Hotel Soaltee on the theme “Promoting Cross-Border Tourism”. This symposium featured panelists from the Uttar Pradesh State Tourism Development Board, Nepal Tourism Board and Government and non-Governmental stake holders in the tourism industry. This was followed by another symposium at Hotel Annapurna on the theme “Promoting Cross-Border Business Ties”. The symposium featured panelists from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce, Uttar Pradesh, trade representatives and Government and non-Governmental stake holders in Nepal.
The ceremony will conclude with a cultural programme at Hotel Annapurna. Hon’ble Commerce Minister ShriRomiGauchanThakali would be attending the Closing Ceremony as Chief Guest. Performance of Kathak and the famous Uttar Pradesh Dance “PhoolonkiHoli” by a cultural troupe
from Mathura will be held today evening. This will be followed by opening of Uttar Pradesh Food Festival at Hotel Annapurna.
This festival is a result of the Embassy of India’s continuing outreach efforts to actively engage the Indian States bordering Nepal to promote bilateral cultural, business and economic ties. Uttar Pradesh was chosen this year as area-wise it is the fourth largest State of India. In sheer magnitude, it is half of the areas of France, three times of Portugal, four times of Ireland, seven times of Switzerland, ten times of Belgium and a little bigger than England. It is population of 210 million makes it the most populous state of India and is comparable to the fifth most populous nation in the world, Brazil. With its ancient culture and vibrant economy, the State offers boundless opportunities for trade, commerce, tourism and people to people cultural exchanges.