By Guna and Devi:
(Dec. 14) Two of the Australian Bhutanese participated in a Nepalese talent hunt in Brisbane on 12th December. It was the Nepali Dance Competition 2009, organized by the Nepalese Association of Queensland (NAQ) Inc. in association with NRNA (Non Resident Nepalese Association) Australia, where Mrs. Meena Khadka and Miss Hanisha Luitel took part representing almost one thousand Bhutanese fellows so far resettled there, and, in true sense, mesmerized the huge crowd with their artistic dance performances.
The event as it happened, has quite been reported to be the biggest and grandest of its kind in Australia organized basically with a view of recognizing local Nepalese talents and providing them a forum for cultural exchange among the different generations of Nepalis diaspora and thereby preserving the uniqueness of typical Nepali culture.
More than 24 participants from across the continent-country had gathered in Brisbane to rock the show. Mrs. Khadka who lives in the extreme southern Australian city of Hobart did her hypnotizing performance in Parelima Aaye, a Nepali song where as another Bhutanese participant miss Hanisha Luitel had traveled all the way from Melbourne to show her dance on Tungna ra Damfu… at the program.
A total of thirteen single dances and eleven group dances were registered for the competition. There were 5 performances from
Melbourne, 5 from Sydney, 2 from Darwin, 1 from Perth, 1 from Adelaide, 1 from Hobart (Bhutanese) and 9 from Brisbane.
A six member judging panel was set to judge the competition which included Mrs.Payal Shakya (Miss Nepal-2004), Helen Jada (Member of Nepal-Australia friendship association), Ranjan Baidya (Co-ordinator of Melbourne Chautari Radio, Nepalese community Radio), Jeren Fuentes (Brisbane based professional Dance teacher), Sujan Thapa Magar (choreographer,Dancer) and Dhiren Thapa. Best performers of the competition were awarded based on the evaluation of the judging panel.
The program was sponsored by the joint collaboration of Crown Institute of Business and Technology, Sydney, Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Lamart College of Technology, Sydney, Queensford College Brisbane, Dolma Hotel, Melbourne, Kandel Enterprises, Melbourne, Oli and Associates, Sydney, Thapa’s Pty Ltd, Sydney, and JNJ Commercial Services, Sydney.
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