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The Festival of West Bengal in Kathmandu

September 4, 2017


As we celebrate 70 years of India’s independence and 70 years of India-Nepal Diplomatic Relations this year, 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 Crowne Plaza, organized the Festival of West Bengal in Kathmandu on 3-4 September 2017 at Hotel Soaltee Crown Plaza. The Festival is supported by Asian Paints and Nestle.


2. The inaugural ceremony of the Festival was organized on 03 September at Hotel Soaltee Crowne. Rt. Hon’ble Prime Minister of Nepal Mr. Sher Bahadur Deuba graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The event featured Santoor maestro Shri Tarun Bhattacharya and renowned Bengali vocalist Ms. Archita Bhattacharjee. The Festival showcased Bengali cuisine prepared by renowned Chefs from Kolkata.


3. On 04 September at Q’s Cinema at Rising Mall, Kathmandu screened a Bengali movie “Messi”, highlighting the fondness for football in West Bengal and have found resonance amongst the Nepali audience.


4. As part of the Festival, a Cross-border Trade and Tourism Expo is being held with support from the Nepal Tourism Board and FNCCI. A business delegation from West Bengal-Nepal Chambers of Commerce and Industry (WBNCCI) held B-2-B Meeting with Nepal’s business leaders today. The delegation is also holding meetings with senior Government of Nepal officials. The Business delegation called on Hon’ble Minister of Commerce Mr.Meen Bahadur Bishwakarma and Hon’ble Agriculture and Development Minister Mr.Ramkrishna Yadavas well asmet with Nepal Investment Board and Kathmandu Metropolitan Corporation officials.


4. The Festival is part of the Embassy’s effort to showcase cultural richness of various Indian States bordering Nepal. Our Nepali friends relished West Bengal’s food, music, culture and social life during the Festival.

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