Longmont Nepali festival draws hundreds for music, dance, food

Susan S. Johnson
Gajendra Maharjan, left, Shreesha Maharjan, middle, and Surendra Maharjan, suitable, complete songs from the Newari area of Nepal on regular drums at the Nepali Jatra pageant at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Middle on Sunday. (Jennifer LeDuc / Personnel Writer)

It was a competition of the senses for attendees of the Nepali Jatra at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center on Sunday afternoon.

The sound of a drum trio beckoned the hundreds of visitors to the exhibit hall, where by they had been greeted with smiles and smooth spoken “Namastes” from children at the doorway in the course of the common Nepali festival.

The distinct aroma of Nepali foodstuff catered at the back of the home noticed a line queue up promptly.

Surendra Maharjan smiled as he seemed at people ready although he plated black beans, difficult boiled eggs, curried greens and common flat rice.

“This is so enjoyable,” Maharjan claimed. Following residing in Longmont for five a long time and performing in the technological know-how sector, he began the Lyons Food On Wheels foodstuff truck two months ago as a way to provide the common Nepali food items he and his friends were being so applied to cooking at property.

The crowd of readers included several from the Colorado Nepalese local community, as well as numerous who were interested in learning a lot more about Nepal, or who, like Cynthia Adam, had sights established on viewing the smaller Himalayan place sometime.

An avid traveler who tries to go to at minimum one particular new state a calendar year, the Longmont resident was savoring the foodstuff when waiting for a seat to open up up in the auditorium.

“I imagined I’d arrive out and do a thing absolutely distinctive nowadays,” Adam claimed.

It was standing room only when the 200 seats in the museum’s theater ended up filled to check out Nepali dance routines and a brief film on Nepal’s culture.

For 29-calendar year-previous Prakintee Sharma, the pageant meant the probability to feast on the reliable food items the school university student was lacking during her previous semester at Ball Condition College.

“I’ve been binging on sandwiches for endlessly,” mentioned Sharma, who is visiting Colorado for the summer.

“This feels particular,” she explained. She explained she missed her moms and dads, who however live in Nepal.

“It feels superior to see that we are continuing to share our lifestyle from era to generation. That’s a excellent issue. It provides a feeling of identification to all of us.”

Sunanda Dangol, who dreamed up web hosting the jatra, claimed the project was a labor of really like.

“There are so many Nepalese below in Colorado, I waited for years wondering somebody else would do it, and lastly I imagined it was large time I did it myself.”

After approaching the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center with her concept, she obtained a greenlight.

“I’ve experienced this in my head for 4 many years, and I’ve put it with each other in 4 months,” Dangol reported.

She acquired support and sponsorship from her employer and Nepalese neighborhood member Sunny Pathak.

Pathak owns a variety of franchises and ranches in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska.  He moved to Colorado 25 several years back and has watched the Nepalese community develop steadily to the 1000’s who now simply call the point out dwelling.

Keeping the culture alive and accessible is a priority in the Nepalese group, Pathak defined, and on any given weekend there’s a class being held in a church hall or a rec middle so that the dance and songs is passed on to the younger generations.

Keshav Thapa Magar and Kamala Saru Magar shared the phase to existing a flirty, lively dance established to regular tunes.

Although the pair moved to Colorado from Pokhara, Nepal, seven decades ago, it was the initially time they carried out the dance on phase.

“We realized the dance from our dad and mom,” Keshav, 33, said just after the overall performance. Sweaty and smiling, he mentioned his stage fright was gone.

“Was I nervous? Indeed, but I felt like I was dancing for family,” he claimed. “We are all in essence household now, right? We test to recall that we are family members right here, even you and I.”

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