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Indra Jatra in Texas , 2016

The United Newah USA recently organized the celebration of Indra Jatra on Sept 25, 2016, in Texas. With an amazing number of people turning up to evoke their memories of Nepal, me and my friends were no exceptions. There we were, full of excitement to witness the Indra Jatra celebration in the United States.

Indra Jatra, or more commonly known as Yenya (Nepal Bhasa: येँयाः), is celebrated in honor of the god of rain also known as the king of heaven. As per the legend, Indra disguised himself as a farmer and descended to Earth in search of Parijat, a flower required by his mother to perform a ritual. While on his mission, he was caught plucking the flower at a water sprout and deemed a thief and put up for display in Maru, one of the town squares of Kathmandu. Like all mothers, his mother ended up being worried when he wasn’t back for quite some time. She came down to Kathmandu looking for him. When the people of Kathmandu realized that it was Indra who had been captured, they quickly released him. His mother, happy at the people for releasing her son, promised the town folk enough dew for their crops to ensure rich crops throughout the winter. The foggy mornings from this day on is considered to be the result of this very boon.

Back at home I used to stand behind my mom in the narrow alleys of Indra Chowk to see all the acts but this time it was different. No pushing crowds, no pickpockets (you will definitely understand me if you have been to Indra Jatra in Nepal) just me, my friends and a lot of Nepali crowd.

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The event kicked off at around noon with the erection of Yosin or Linga, a pole from which the banner of Indra is unfurled. There were women in beautiful newari dress who made a huge pyramid of Samay Baji . The newari band with their traditional instrument played the customary Maalshree Dhun also known as Dashain Dhun which gave us a major Dashian vibe which made me realize how much I missed home during this festive season. We could see Pulukishi coming our way, a white elephant mascot that comes and creates a havoc, in the audiences. According to myth, Pulukishi is Indra’s pet and he comes to Kathmandu in search of Indra.

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One might say, without Kumari, the living goddess, Indra Jatra is incomplete. And indeed it is true. But guess what, we had Kumari too. Well not the original Kumari, as at that time she might be in her palace in Kathmandu probably sleeping, we had a little kid dressed as a Kumari who in my opinion was portrayed as a perfect Kumari. Even though she was not a real Kumari, people still came to her, worshiped her and took a lot of selfies.

1This event had everything, from Lakhe Nach to momos, children games, cultural programs, Pulu-Kisi Dance and not to forget performances by two most talented Nepali singers Nima Rumba and Nalina Chitrakar who forced audiences to jump out of their seats and dance along their songs.It was like all of Texas had come together to keep the culture alive.

6We did experience little pouring early in the day which was quite challenging but hey, we’re Nepali and we’re always up for a challenge! And guess what, even though the weather challenged every Nepali attending this event in the beginning, no one seem to be bothered the slightest. Instead there were more people coming as the event went on, much more than expected. Everyone were together sharing Samya Baji and capturing each other in the frames of their iPhones.

14Everything was arranged very well and the event ended up becoming a near-perfect experience, just as it would have been back home. The organizers sure did a splendid job, and kudos to them.

And if you are reading this, then you might have already gotten the idea that Nepali events can be equally amazing in this foreign land, we just need to be together celebrating them. Because together, we can make a difference. Always.

 

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1974 AD Live in Granada Theater Dallas

 

1974 AD- One of Nepal’s all time favorite bands was here to rock Dallas last Friday September 9 , 2016. Having been one of the most prominent bands in the musical scene in Nepal, it was no surprise that the Granada Theater was sold out.us-1-of-1-5

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Before the headliners of the event 1974 AD came out to electrify the crowd, bands Pfs Leafers, Sathi , Nabin and Saneer, Bikash,Gaurav and Avash Shrestha set the stage well with their opening acts. When 1974 AD finally came on stage and started playing their hits like “Dherai Dherai”, “Parelima”, “Yo Mann Ta Mero Nepali Ho”, the crowd rediscovered their love for the band that once ruled Nepal’s charts. Also among the songs performed were “Sani Ko” and the title track from their recently released album “Hazaar Sapana”.

 

Formed in Kathmandu in the early 90s, 1974 AD have eight successful albums to their name. However, the band’s lineup may have surprised a few as it has undergone quite a reshuffle with only drummer Sanjay Shrestha, guitarist Manoj Kumar KC and bassist Nirakar Yathkumba remaining from the original members. Additions like Rohit John Chhetri, Prajjwal Mukhiya, Subash Jung Pande and Pratik Baniya make up the new face of the band. “Hazaar Sapana” is the band’s ninth studio album but it’s first with the new line up.

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For the after party, DJ Reet and DJ Sushant were at hand and played some great tracks that definitely made the attendees groove to the music and add to the spectacular entertainment provided earlier by 1974 AD.

 

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With the combined efforts of Aaha Production, DJ ReetEntertainment, Nepal11, My Elite and Empire, the event was a grand success. However, the support of NST, Dallas Loins , Indreni, BDA, UNCON , NSA at UTA , NRN , Momo Ent, DT, K garira ?, and F1 group was also integral in bringing the event to life. The media partners US Khabar, E Nepalese and Texas Nepal did a splendid job covering the event.

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ANA FASHION EXTRAVAGANZA -2016

ANA Fashion Extravaganza 2016

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The eighth ANA Fashion Extravaganza was held in Georgia, Atlanta on July 3rd, 2016. With the help of active Nepalese organizations all over the states, the enthusiastic participants proudly flaunting their roots, and the highly in-demand designer, this year’s event was a success and definitely the one for the books.

 

The event was properly organized, helping the participants to relax and enjoy the weekend. There were 12 contestants, 6 females and 6 males, competing for the coveted title of “Miss ANA Nepal 2016” and “Mr ANA Nepal 2016”. The highly sought after fashion designer, Subexya Bhadel generously provided her beautiful designs for the event. The media participant of the program was AAHA Production. Sarad Yuvraj Singh was the chief organizer and Biraj Shrestha was the event director. The amazing model coordinators for the event were Shatabdi Pokharel and Utsav Singh. The chief choreographer was Prashant Tamrakar. The talented makeup artists, helping to bring out the beautiful features of the contestants, were Gunjana Shakya, Alisha Shrestha and Sriza Thapa. Special thanks to our reputable judges Bhusan Dahal, Nagma Shrestha and Roger Adhikari.

We had a great time participating on these events over the weekend and put together some official images on this blog . We are hoping these pictures will help you guys reminisce this dazzling event and encourage all the enthusiastic people to participate in the future events organized by ANA.

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Congratulations Miss. ANA Pratishna Thapa , Mr. ANA Aashish Shrestha, Mr .Tasbir Niraj Karmacharya , Miss Muskan Alina Newpane and Mr. Sathi Ryan Shrestha.

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Aaha Production