By Bhuwaneshor Sharma
Adelaide, Australia.December 6: Nepalese Cultural Society launched the first Nepali radio show in Adelaide, first of its kind in southern Australia. The weekly one hour show “Voice of Shangri-La” went on air on Sunday night from Radio Adelaide’s 101.5 FM Band, Australia’s first community and multicultural radio, established in 1970.
Several well wishers gathered in Adelaide studio office to support the program. People sent emotional messages to mobile phones and wrote on Face Book pages when the patriotic song ‘Nepalai Narahe’ sung by Phatteman Rajbhandari, went on air. The weekly magazine covers news from Nepal and Diaspora; Local and community news; information; students’ issues; language and literature and the music.
Also the program was listened worldwide via radio Adelaide website http://www.radio.adelaide.edu.au. The show begins every Sunday 9.30 PM Adelaide time and can be listened to in Nepal at 4:45 PM online.
The title of the show was designed to accommodate the interests of Nepali and nepali speaking Bhutanese community, said Aashish Wagley, president of Nepalese Cultural Society.
The show came in backdrop of growing Nepali and Nepali-speaking Bhutanese population in Adelaide. About 3 thousand Nepali speaking people are estimated living in the state of only 1.5 million populations. The southern most state is nearly 7 times bigger than Nepal in area. Mostly, Nepalese and Bhutanese live in Adelaide. Presenters included Nepali and Bhutanese youths.
We provided air time in the context of growing Nepali community in Adelaide, said Deborah Welch, the Station Manager. It will help to promote Nepali culture, language and literature, while also disseminating useful information for the community, she added.
It is exciting to start our own language program, said Dr. Kush Shrestha, working in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide. Also the president of Nepal Australia Friendship Association (NAFA), Shrestha said the program will help promote and preserve Nepaliness. I have a full support for the initiative, he said.
Dr. Sunil Sharma, a Carbon Scientist referred the initiative to be a first key step for the promotion of Nepali language, literature and culture, particularly among second generation Nepalese. He runs a Nepali teaching ‘Pathshala’ for second generation and migrants’ kids in Adelaide. The Pathshala is a community initiative to teach kids Nepali alphabets, writing and Nepali cultures and festivals as well.
Icchha Poudel, a Bhutanese Journalist, who recently settled in Adelaide, hoped the program will be a platform to unite all Nepali speaking community and raise the issues of their concern. It is a first major step towards strengthening Nepali/Bhutani community, he added
(Mr. Sharma is a Nepalese journalist living in Australia)
By Bhuwaneshor Sharma