Musical programme marks Nepal’s New Year
April 10 2017 10:09 PM
The welcome dance was performed by Jaljola Dong, Kailash Magar, Shanti Gola, Deepak KC, Issa Gatani, Sagar Oli, Bhagbati Bashyal, Sushil Sagthan and Min Bahadur Yonjan.

By Usha Wagle Gautam

Forty-seven Nepali community organisations teamed up with Non-Resident Nepali Association-National Co-ordination Council (NRNA-NCC) to organise a grand musical programme at Al Dana Club and Resort last weekend. 
The musical programme celebrated the Nepali New Year of 2074 that falls on April 14 was chaired by NRNA-NCC president Binesh Tamang. Other notable guests on the occasion were Mani Ratna Sharma, Charge de Affairs at the Nepali embassy; Girija Sharma, counsellor at the embassy; Hari Prasad Aryal, second secretary at the embassy; and Gayatri Poudel.
Popular Nepali singer Hemanta Sharma was the main draw of the programme, performing a number of his hits along with Doha-based artistes.
Nepal follows Vikram Sambat (VS) – introduced by Indian King Vikramaditya – which is 56.7 years ahead in count of the solar Gregorian calendar. The first month of Baisakh usually falls around April-May. The first day of Vikram Sambat calendar is a public holiday in Nepal.
The musical menu of the programme unfolded with a group performance by dancers Jaljola Dong, Kailash Magar, Shanti Gola, Deepak KC, Issa Gatani, Sagar Oli, Bhagbati Bashyal, Sushil Sagthan and Min Bahadur Yonjan. 
The performers carried on them the national flag of Nepal and showcased the recent tragedies faced by the country, including the 2015 earthquake. The following performance of Lila Acharya and Bharat KC from Nepalese Women Society (NWS) was also patriotic. 
DancersBal Bikram Thapa and Kamala Gurung though took the audience towards romantic folk tunes.
Nepal Sunuwar Society (NSS) artistes – Sishir Sunuwar, Sanjay Sunuwar, Ganga Sunuwar, Mohan Sunuwar, Bimal Sunuwar, Gambhir Sunuwar, Surya Sunuwar, Gauri Maya Sunuwar, Sony Kumari Sunuwar and Saraswoti Sunuwar – performed an elaborate 15-minute-long dance about Jhakris (traditional Nepali witch doctors).
Sanjamaya Tamang and Ajaya Pariyar performed to a Nepali film song. Their performance was followed by a dance performance by Bhagbati Bashyal.
Hemanta Sharma, the main attraction of the programme, performed about 10 songs, taking requests from the audience. 
Tharu Society dancers Parbaj Chowdhary, Parbati Chowdhary, Nanda Pariyar and Jaya Kanta Chowdhary performed a farmer’s dance popular that is popular the southern belts of the Himalayan nation. Ram Bahadur Bohara dance was the last performance of the day.
The programme was hosted by Tej Katuwal and Sitaram Thapa.

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