On the auspicious occasion of the Nepali festival, Dashain and Deepawali, the “Nepal American Music Festival” was conducted at Diversity Plaza, Queens, New York City, the United States, in an open space for free on October 8, 2022, Saturday. CPA Pashupati Shrestha organized the program from Buddha Tax and Accounting, Rajesh Hamal from Revel Events Inc, and Nabaraj KC, Nepali Community Leader and President of College Point Civic & Taxpayers Association. The main purpose of conducting the event in an open space is to introduce Nepali music and culture to foreigners, primarily diverse communities from all the over the world, residing in Queens, New York area. The organizers believe that the Nepali Music Festival will help promote tourism in Nepal in one way or another.
Eighteen renowned and popular national Nepali singers and dancers entertained the crowd of about four thousand people, primarily Nepalese, American, Bengali, and others. The chief guest was Eric Adams, the mayor of New York City. The mayor got a warm welcome and a big applause from the Nepali community in Jackson Heights. The mayor, Eric Adams, congratulated the organizers, Buddha Tax, Revel Events, and Nabarj KC, for the beautiful music festival that helped promote Nepalese music and culture further into the world. The mayor also extended his warm wishes to the Nepalese community for the Dashain and Tihar festivals. Nabaraj KC, one of the music festival organizers, thanked Eric Adams for his good wishes to the Nepalese community. The mayor awarded four Nepalese performers and social workers. The four awardees were Sapana Shree, Phiroj Syangden, Pema Chhewang Sherpa, and Suraj Singh Thakuri.
To begin the music festival, CPA Pashupati Shrestha introduced Suraj Singh Thakuri, the popular host of “It’s my show,” to the crowd. Suraj Singh Thakuri took over and did a wonderful job hosting the festival. The crowd was blown away by the high-level performances of artists, dancers, and the host. The artists were Phiroj Syangden, Hari Karmacharya (gloomy guys), Deepesh Kishor Bhattarai, Sanjeep Pradhan, Reshma Sunuwar, Tilak Bam Malla, Bimal Dangi, Nisha Sunar, and Sanjok Yonjan. The other performers were Kabina Singh, Yenserg Gurung and Rutman Gurung, Armani Maharjan, Mamta Rai, and the Basanta Dance Center. DJ Jango did an amazing job with the sound system. The other organizing team members and volunteers were Ajit Gurung, Anjan Shrestha, Etna Karki, Shankar Bisunke, Bash Bishu, Nilima Maden, John Lama, Niran Prajapati, Uma Tamang, Rojina Deula and Nilima Maden. The organizers thanked the sponsors and supporters for their immense support in making the festival a success.
Tourism ambassadors Pradip Shrestha and Keshab Ram Rai were also present at the event. Steven Raga, the assemblyman of Queens, and Rajkumar Bista, FIPNA president, also graced their presence at the event. The organizers will make this “Nepali American Music Festival” an annual event at Diversity Plaza, Queens, and promote Nepali Music and culture in the USA.