CNG participation in Global Village Festival at Mel Lastman Square
Click for Nepalese version
June 25, 2016 North York, Toronto. Canadian Newa Guthi (CNG) participated in annual Global Village Festival that ran from Jun 24 – 25 at Mel Lastman Square with an objective to uncover the unique art and culture of Nepal to Canadians. Global Village Festival is the largest multicultural festival in Canada that runs every year and attracts large crowd from around the globe. CNG stall was decorated with Nepalese Thangka (painting on cotton or silk applique), Nepal flag, posters of mountains and popular tourist destinations of Nepal, handicrafts and various Nepalese musical instruments, e.g., Sarangi (similar to violin), Madal, Dhime, Chanp, Damaru (drums of various sizes that produce different sounds). These unique exhibits attracted larger crowd during the festival.
Hon’ble Ms. Salma Zahid, MP for Scarborough Center expressed highly of Nepalese stall. Hon’ble Mr. Geng Tan, MP for Don Valley North recalled his meeting with H.E. Mr Kali Prasad Pokhrel, Ambassador of Nepal to Canada. CNG members Mrs. Mausami Tamrakar and Mrs. Srija Shrestha provided information of Nepal, its rich culture and tourism to visitors and those interested to know more about Nepal.
Another attraction that was highly praised by visitors was the group dance on one of the popular Nepalese folk songs “Saya thari baja Eautai taal” presented by youth members Ayushna Shrestha, Rodesha Skakya, Rishab Shrestha, Seren Shrestha, Mansoon Tamrakar, Rayna Shrestha, Abis Shrestha, Safal Shrestha and Ayushi Awal with colorful Nepalese outfit holding Nepal. Several visitors attracted by unique Nepalese outfits also took photo with the CNG youth members.
instrumental play was also presented at the festival by Nepalese local talents led by Mr. Sanu Raja Maharjan, the famous Madal player and a winner of international medal. The local talents Mr. Pradeep Banskota, Ms. Biju Singh and Mr. Uttam Makaju are well known in Nepalese community.
Mr. Uttam Makaju, Vice-President of CNG, and Mrs. Mausami Tamrakar, CNG women member emphasized the significance of CNG participation in this festival in order to uncover rich Nepalese arts and culture and to promote tourism in Nepal during the interview organized by the organizer committee.