Nepalese Cultural Evening

This weekend, we attended a Nepalese Cultural Evening, hosted by NeST (Nepalese Society in Trondheim: https://nestgroup.wordpress.com/about/). This is an annual event, and clearly a popular one! One of the biggest auditoriums at the university was completely full, and a lot of people who were there seemed to have a personal connection to Nepal. One guest had worked to establish a Nepali-Norwegian relationship to promote education and exchange of knowledge over a long period of time. This relationship is today a thriving one, and I found that this really highlighted how much of a difference one person’s initiative can make.

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The first thing on the program was an exhibition, showcasing Nepalese art, everyday objects, and other items that are integral to Nepalese culture.

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We then went into the auditorium for a couple of hours of colourful dance, video presentations, and talks. We saw the devil dance, or Lakhey dance, after the demon Lakhey in Nepalese folklore.

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A small part of the rich variety of Nepalese traditional clothing and culture was shown through dance:

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After a nice show with a good sprinkling of humour, we headed to the cantine to try some typical Nepalese food. We could serve ourselves from a buffet with rice and several kinds of dishes; lentil soup, and stews with different vegetables and spices. It was delicious, and as I’m an avid fan of lentils and vegetarian food, I’m definitely looking forward to learning a few tricks from the Nepalese!

Amalie Heiberg, 
Project Nepal NTNU

 

 


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