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Second edition of Janakpurdham Cultural Festival held in Nepal

By: Sweta Singh (Kathmandu)

The 2nd edition of the Janakpurdham Cultural Festival was organized by the Embassy of India in Nepal, on April 13, coinciding with the Bikram Sambat Nepali New Year 2081. The festival was held at the Mahendranarayan Nidhi Mithila Cultural Center in Janakpur and comprised two sessions. Saroj Kumar Yadav, Chief Minister of Madhesh Province, inaugurated the first session of the Festival as the Chief Guest.

In a keynote address by Haribans Jha on ‘Jaanaki Lila,’ it was mentioned that the religious book Sitayan is worth reading, even though it is not as popular as Ramayan.

An exhibition on sarees, which are a common dress for women in both India and Nepal, attracted people to see sarees made of different fabrics, colors, and design patterns, including banarsi zari, Newari saree, phulakari, Chanderi, and other popular designs.

A photo exhibition on the forts of India and Nepal was also organized. A Maithili Food Festival curated by celebrated chef Santosh Shah offered 54 food items, serving various dishes like tarua, bachka, kadhi-pakoda, laungiya, and others.

The evening session showcased musical performances of Bhajans based on the life of Lord Ram and Sita by the teachers and artists of SVCC. The special highlight of the second session was a performance by Ms. Menuka Poudel, a celebrated Nepali singer, who was also a top 10 contestant of Indian Idol 2024.

The event had participation from Provincial Assembly Members of Madhesh Province and dignitaries and was witnessed by a large audience. The 2nd edition of the Janakpurdham Cultural Festival celebrated the shared cultural heritage of India and Nepal, reflected in the common traditions of art, culture, and festivals of the two countries.

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