KATHMANDU, Jan. 23: As part of the on-going mega-Cultural event ‘Days of North-East Cultural Festival – Namaste Nepal’, the Thoibi Manipuri Dance & Cultural Research Institute from Manipur State of North-East India and ethnic Nepali cultural performance by the artists of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, GoN, has performed at Rastriya Sabha Griha (City Hall), Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu on 21st January 2017.
Cultural troupes from both India and Nepal showcased respective cultural diversities of the two nations at a single platform. Over the last six and a half decades, 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-cultural events 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 Onsari Gharti Magar, the Speaker of the Parliament of Nepal and Vinay Kumar, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Kathmandu alongwith Roshan Lepcha, Director, Indian Cultural Centre - Kathmandu. The event also witnessed participation from resident diplomatic missions in Kathmandu, 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 “Banjyan:Flavours of North East States of India” showcasing diversity of the North-Eastern States of India has already been held in Kathmandu on 14 January and 19 January, 2017. A curtain raiser of the Cultural Event has launched on 20th Jan, 2017 from the historic place of Patan Durbar Square where the Lily 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. Likewise, a series of cultural performances is being held in other cities of Nepal viz Birgunj, Janakpur, Dharan, Pokhara, Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha by the four prominent cultural troupes representing different genres from the North-Eastern States of India viz. (a) Shillong Chamber Choir; (b) Tetseo Sisters; (c) Thoibi Manipuri Dance & Cultural Institute and (d) Lily Veng Cultural & Drama Club.
Event also 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.