Chhetu festival observed in Manang

The ‘Chhetu’ festival has been observed in the mountainous district, Manang. Also known as ‘Miteri’, the festival means to maintain unity and fraternity among siblings and relatives.

The festival is observed from the Nepali month of Asar 20 (5 July, 2023 this year) with the participation of women at large. Observers stay in isolation for four or five days before conducting a puja, and making new friends that lasts two days. Making new friends starts after the conclusion of a Chhetu fair.

Similarly, a puja is conducted in isolation, and two women make new friend each other with the hope that they easily meet even after death, said a local Maya Gurung.

The puja takes place during the Milerepa isolation at Bhaka of Disyang Rural Municipality-5 in the district where Lama recites scripture before making new friend between two women, said another local Karma Tshering Gurung. Dances and singing also take place.

The occasion has seen the participation of local people from all wards of the rural municipality, he said. They also participated in a Chhetu fair. Relations become strengthened and go for long after making friend, according to a belief.

The Milerepa isolation is considered to be a symbol of friendship. Murder and violence ended when the king in an ancient time met with Milerepa in course of hunting, according to a legend.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal

Actor Tamrakar found dead

Actor Saruk Tamrakar, 31, was found dead at his home last night in Ratopul in Kathmandu.

Superintendent of Police (SP) of District Police Range Sitaram Rijal said that Tamrakar was found dead hanging at his residence last night.

As an actor, Tamrakar performed his roles in Nepali movies Hashtag Maya, Meri Mamu, Rani and some others.

SP Rijal stated that the police are investigating into Tamrakar’s death.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal

22 films participating in 11th NAFFF

The 11th ‘Nepal Africa Film Festival (NAFF)-2023’ is commencing on July 8. The three-day event will be attended by 12 nations with 22 films.

The Festival to be organised by the College of Journalism and Mass Communications (CJMC) and to be supported by the Film Development Board and Bilakshan Creation will provide a venue for cultural exchanges between Nepal and Africa, according to Festival and CJMC Director Manju Mishra. “We try to connect the two different continents by the means of films,” she said.

Ten African movies and 12 Nepali films and documentaries will be screened in the event.

According to director Dabbu Chhetri, a day-long acting workshop themed ‘National and International Market for Short Nepali Movies’ has been scheduled during the festival. The event will be held at local Rastriya Nachghar in Jamal.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal

Second edition of ‘Fashion Fare Award 2023’ held

The second edition of ‘Fashion Fare Awards 2023’ was held here on Saturday, with awards presented in various categories.

In the event, ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ was presented to Kamala Shrestha for Beautician, Rubi Rana Shah for Pageantry, singer Deepak Bajracharya got ‘Legendary Arts Award’, former banker Anil Kesari Shah was honoured with ‘Most Influential Personality Award’, actress Samragyi Rajya Lakshmi Shah with ‘Stylish Fashion Icon Award’ and film actress Priyanka Karki were awarded in the film category.

Likewise, Muna Gauchan was honored with the ‘Outstanding Achievement Award in Fashion’, Nangma Shrestha, the director of Miss Nepal, was honored with the Prominent National Director Award, while Avinash Shrestha was honored with the ‘Fashion Stylist Award’. The ‘Most Popular Artist Award’ was given to Dr Trishala Gurung and Dharmendra Sewan in the female and male category respectively.

The ‘Most Influential Rock Artist Award’ went Ashara Kunwar, the ‘International Fashion Model Award’ was given to Ansika Sharma. Similarly, ‘Fashion Makeup Artist Award’ was given to Rajesh Ghimire and ‘Young Fashion Icon Award’ was given to Parakram Rana.

The ‘Fashion Icon Award’ went to Sabita Karki, ‘Fashion Super Model Award’ to Aastha Pokhrel, ‘Creative Fashion Designer Award’ to Astik Sherchan, ‘Iconic Fashion Designer Award’ to Manish Rai, and ‘Creative Fashion Photographer Award’ to Kishore Kayastha.

Founders of Dream Search Agency, Kamal Chhetri and Serap Gyaltsen Lama, presented certificates and awards to the honored personalities. Various cultural performances were also held in the program.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal

Bill to amend some Nepal Acts tabled in lower house

A Bill to amend some Nepal Acts- 2080 BS has been tabled in the House of Representatives. The Bill originated in the National Assembly was presented in the lower house session today by its secretary Padam Prasad Pandey.

The next sitting of the lower has been put off for 15 minutes.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal

Bollywood banned in Nepal’s biggest cities

Cinemas in Nepal’s two biggest cities – the capital Kathmandu and Pokhara on the shores of Lake Phewa – have imposed a ban on Bollywood films over an “objectionable” line in a new Indian action movie, ‘Adipurush’, which was released on June 16.

The mayors of Kathmandu and Pokhara have taken exception to a line that calls one of the main characters, Janaki, “India’s daughter.” Janaki is another name for the goddess Sita, wife of the Hindu god Lord Ram.

Nepal’s Hindus, who comprise about 80% of the population, believe that Sita was born in Janakpur about 220km from Kathmandu on the border with India but crucially, in their country. The film’s reference has thus caused controversy in Nepal.

Balendra Shah, mayor of Kathmandu, issued a social media post ordering cinema halls in the capital to stop screening all Bollywood films. The makers of ‘Adipurush’ have been asked to remove the “objectionable dialogue,” he added. “No Indian film will be allowed to be screened in the Kathmandu municipality area until this objectionable part is removed from the film,” the post read.

Dhanraj Acharya, mayor of Pokhara Metropolitan City, also asked movie theaters to stop screening Bollywood films, according to Indian news agency ANI.

The film’s co-writer, Manoj Muntashir Shukla, has agreed to rework some dialogue, saying: “I wrote more than 4,000 lines of dialogue for ‘Adipurush’, but some sentiments were hurt by five lines.” It was not immediately clear if he was referring to “hurting the sentiments” of people in Nepal or India.

‘Adipurush’ was panned by movie critics but nevertheless had a successful opening, earning the equivalent of over $41 million worldwide in its first screening weekend. The film has broken the record set by ‘Pathaan’, which was released in January and features Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh.

Bollywood and Nepal have also had an uneasy relationship. In 2000, four people were killed during rioting in Kathmandu over alleged anti-Nepal comments by Indian actor Hrithik Roshan, which he vehemently denied.

Source: Russia Today

Rampur locals conduct puja to appease Indra, god of rain, following dry spell

People of Rampur in Palpa district have collectively conducted a puja (worship ritual) dedicated to Indra, the god of rain, following a long spell of drought. As per the age-old belief, the puja means to please the god of rain, said the locals.

A long spell of drought has had its toll, affecting normal life of people and drying up crops. After carrying out a puja at Akala Kalika Durga Temple at Gaitar of Rampur Municipality-6, the local people reached the riverbanks of Parewaghat river and offered a prayer wishing for rain while splashing the water each other, said Krishna Prasad Aryal, chairperson of the Akala Kalika temple management committee.

Over 300 local people participated in the procession to the riverbanks amid the playing of Panchebaja (traditional Nepali folk music instrument). In the past, Rudri puja and the worship of Indra god would take place to get rain, and as a result rain would take place, said a local Loknath Khanal, 84.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal

First ever Karnali Int Film Festival-2080 BS to be held in Surkhet

Karnali International Film Festival-2080 BS would be organized for the first time at Birendranagar of Surkhet district from September 21 to 23 this year.

The Festival aims to promote Karnali’s narratives, lifestyles, costume, arts, cultures, traditions, literature and languages among others at national and international level, it was shared in a press meet here today.

The Festival will be organized by Red Cherry Media Pvt Ltd in association with the Film Development Board. The logo of the Festival was unveiled in the event.

Festival Director Chandra Bahadur Chand shared that the Festival is expected to propagate local art and culture. “We aim to introduce Karnali Province and market the province as a suitable film shooting spot,” he said, adding that they were organizing the Festival gauging the need to promote tourism through films.

Speaking in the press meet, parliamentarian Gyanendra Shahi pledged to raise voice in the parliament to introduce programme that promotes Karnali province as a suitable film shooting spot.

“Our unique native stories are finding space in the screen lately. There will be my utmost support and collaboration to bring Karnali’s stories to the screen,” he vowed.

He shared that discussions were held with the concerned agencies including the Minister for Finance to include Nepali films in the upcoming provincial government’s budget.

Present in the press meet were former State-Minister Kunti Kumari Shah, actor Shiva Shrestha and comedian Himesh Panta among others.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal