KATHMANDU, Jan. 23: The Embassy of India and BP Koirala Foundation in association with the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Asian Paints, are hosting the Uttar Pradesh Festival on January 26-27, 2017 to coincide with the 68th Republic Day celebrations of India.
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 area of France, three times of Portugal, four times of Ireland, seven times of Switzerland, ten times of Belgium and a little bigger than England. Its 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.
The Festival envisages the following events:
1.Inauguration ceremony on January 26th at 1830 Hrs at MeghMalhar hall in Hotel Soaltee. This event would feature a performance by the Shehnaigroup led by Ustad Ali Abbas Khan,Son-in-law of UstadBismillah Khan. Other members of the group are Ansar Ahmad UrfSajjan, Harmonium, ZakirHussain, Shehnai, AjadarHussain, Shehnai and NazimHussain, Tabla.
2.UP Textiles and handicrafts exhibition at Hotel Soaltee which would be inaugurated at Hotel Soaltee on January 26th and would run till January 29th.
3.UP Food festival would be inaugurated at Hotel Soaltee on January 26th and would feature Avadhi cuisine prepared by Chefs from Uttar Pradesh. This festival would also be held at Hotel Annapurna from January 27th.
4.Nepal-UP Tourism symposium at Hotel Soaltee on January 27th with the theme “Promoting Cross-border Tourism”. The symposium would feature panelists from the UP State Tourism Development Board, Nepal Tourism Board and government and non-governmental stake holders in the tourism industry.
5.Nepal-UP Business symposium at Hotel Annapurna on January 27th with the theme “Promoting Cross-border business ties”. The symposium would feature panelists from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce, Uttar Pradesh, trade representatives and government and non-governmental stake holders in Nepal.
6.Closing ceremony would be held on January 27th at Hotel Annapurna featuring a cultural troupe from Mathura which would be performing PhoolonkiHoli and Kathak