Bengal Festival in Kathmandu
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, Sept 5:The Festival of Bengal kicked off in the capital to mark the 70th year of India’s independence and the 70th anniversary of India-Nepal Diplomatic Relations.
The Embassy of India in Kathmandu, in association with the Nepal Tourism Board, the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) and Hotel Soaltee Crown Plaza, has organised the festival that will be held till September 10 at the premises of the Soaltee hotel.
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba inaugurated the festival amid a function organised at the Hotel Soltee Crown Plaza on Sunday.
The event featured a Santoor performance by renowned Indian classical musician Shri Tarun Bhattacharya and Bengali vocalist Archita Bhattacharjee.
The festival also presented renowned chefs from Holiday Inn Kolkata to showcase Bengali cuisine.
As part of the festival, Q’s Cinema at Rising Mall, Kathmandu on Monday screened the movie “Messi”, a Bengali movie highlighting the fondness for football in West Bengal.
Similarly, a Cross-border Trade and Tourism Expo will be held with support from the Nepal Tourism Board and FNCCI.
A business delegation from West Bengal-Nepal Chambers of Commerce and Industry (WBNCCI) will hold a B-2-B Meeting with Nepal’s business leaders.
The delegation will also hold meetings with senior Government of Nepal officials, including Ministries of Commerce, Industry and Urban Development as well as Nepal Investment Board and Kathmandu Metropolitan Corporation.
The festival is part of the embassy’s effort to showcase the cultural richness of various Indian states bordering Nepal.