On the occasion of Nepali Dashain-Tihar B.S. 2073, Nepalese Association in Southeast America (NASeA) successfully held her Silver Jubilee 2016 celebration; wrapping up the day with celebratory Cultural/Concert in the magnificent city of NASeA’s regional capital Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, October 8, 2016.
NASeA was established on the auspicious occasion of Happy Bijaya Dashami 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia. She proudly completes her twenty-five years of journey with a lot of accomplishments and has a glorious history. NASeA Silver Jubilee 2016 official ceremony was chaired by President Bimal Nepal. The opening ceremony commenced with the lighting up of DIYO in Panas by the chief guest Excellency Honorary Consulate General Prem Raja Mahat.
Both American and Nepali national anthems were played during this occasion. Expressing his remarks the Chief Guest Mahat proudly claimed that NASeA being the role model to other organizations in the United States of America. On behalf of Nepal Government and Consul General Office, he congratulated NASeA on this special occasion of Silver Jubilee celebration.
NAG, the host organization President Damu Dangol welcomed all participants, congratulated NASeA family and expressed his best wishes for NASeA Silver Jubilee. NASeA EVP and the Silver Jubilee organizing Committee Co-Chair Shailendra Bajracharya welcoming the guest outlined entire events of the day.
President Bimal Nepal welcomed all distinguished guests and respected participants and took the moment with pride to read out the keynote address message sent by the Founding President Dr. Bishwa Acharya.
On a separate note, President Nepal Saluted all NASeA Founders, Former Presidents, All current and past officers, Life Members, General Members, State Organizations Presidents/Officers, Community leaders and well-wishers for their outstanding and unconditional support extended towards NASeA for the past 25 years and he reinforced his commitment to cherish NASeA for another 25 years and more to come.
Furthermore, he informed that the Silver Jubilee celebration will be continued till NASeA-ANMA joint convention 2017 in Charlotte, NC; marked with Special recognition of “NASeA Heroes” together with NASeA Silver Jubilee publication special edition “NASeA SMARIKA” NASeA will organize Blood Donation with her partner organizations in all the states of this region together with other activities throughout the year. Stating that NASeA Life Member is our Life Time Pride, he said that the discounted rate for NASeA Life member will be extended till the joint convention 2017 to encourage everyone to be NASeA Life Member.
Addressing the ceremony, NASeA Former President Dr. Ramesh N. Amatya congratulated each and everyone and advised all to work together to recognize NASeA globally. Other Former Presidents Shaubhagya L Shrestha, Raja Ghale and Dr. Sanjeeb Sapkota also addressed the opening ceremony and shared their experiences and expertise and extended best wishes to NASeA. On behalf of the current Executive committee members, President Nepal honored all the respected Former Presidents with a special plaque for their outstanding contribution towards leading NASeA and serving Nepali American community and Friends of Nepal in preserving and promoting our culture, identity during their respective tenure.
The written congratulatory and best wishes message (attached) sent by the Rt. Honorable Prime Minister of Nepal Puspa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” was read out by General Secretary Shiva Bista. On behalf of their respective organizations, Special Guests Dr. Prahlad Pant (Former President-ANMA and President-NCC), Mr. Gobinda Shrestha (Director-NRN-NCC of USA), Mr. Chet Nath Ghimire (President INLS, Georgia Chapter), Mr. Satish Gupta (President SCAN), Mr. Dilip Dahal (Vice Chairman of Bhutanese Community) all extended best wishes to NASeA.
The special guest and renowned TV journalist of Nepal Prem Baniya also addressed the session and expressed his willingness to move together with NASeA to do some good things for Nepal. During this event, NASeA honored Chief Guest Honorary Consul General Prem Raja Mahat for his exceptional contribution to Nepalese native culture and tradition. Host organization NAG President Damu Dongol and TV Journalist Prem Baniya were also honored for their contribution.
During the business hour, Ms. Natasha Wozniak presented the Rainaskot , Lamjung Reconstruction Project trying to rebuild the badly affected area by the Mega Earthquake. NASeA and ANMA have been supporting her project with the donation of 10 K dollars . Community building named as ” NASeA” and “ANMA” House is being constructed in this village. This event was moderated by EVP Shailendra Bajracharya, and he was able to energize the participants to raise more than $1100.00 dollars within 30 minutes, right after Natasha’s presentation.
This fundraiser continued during cultural show led together by Treasurer Pashupati Neupane and Adviser Mohan Bista. President Bimal Nepal expressed the best wishes for Lamjung project and reinforced NASeA’s commitment to match the committed fund to build NASeA-ANMA house within coming Loshar celebration. He directed IT Chair Manish Shakya to create Donation tab “NASeA Fund for Lamjung” on the website. NASeA generously supported $1002.00 to HIMPAT victims to Sindhupalshok village during the cold weather in Nepal this year was a perfect example of NASeA helping the country of origin Nepal. This project was led by Treasurer Neupane.
Cultural and concert capped the day with fun-filled performances. Local talents Oskar Sharma, Rujala Shrestha and Sanjana Shrestha Dance, Dr. Sanjeeb Sapkota, Bhuwan Khanal, Kailash Kayastha, Sudha Amatya and local band 4 M spellbound the audience.
Musical event performed by young artist Lokesh Gurung followed by folk duet renowned singers Suman Budha Magar and Sangita Thapa Magar were the pivotal attraction. The musical event was able to entertain all demographic background including the senior local leaders. ANMA VP Kailesh Kayastha extended best wishes to NASeA Silver Jubilee and performed his two melodious songs. Cultural/Concert event was coordinated by VP of NASeA Tara Pun.
During the cultural event, NAG also recognized all founding members with the special plaques in the presence of Chief Guest Mahat and NASeA President Bimal Nepal. On behalf of Atlanta Nepali School, the president of NCC, Atlanta Dr. Prahlad Pant and NAG President Damu Dangol along with dedicated volunteer teachers Sabita Shrestha, Ichchha Bastola, Mrs. Sujata Dongol. Mr. Dongol presented the School activities. Dr. Pant also requested everyone to contribute for the Atlanta Nepali School. NASeA proudly recalls that Atlanta Nepali School was officially handover by NASeA to NCC a few months back.
The Highlight of the event was the special NASeA Silver Jubilee 2016 Birthday Cake cutting ceremony which was jointly cut by the Chief guest Prem Raja Mahat, Former President Dr. Ramesh N. Amatya and the current President Bimal Nepal. Prior to cake cutting ceremony, President Nepal once again honored all NASeA Founders, Former Presidents/Officers, Life Members and well-wishers and together promised to keep the NASeA torch alive in best serving the community as guided by her By-Laws.
A complete one day event of this celebration was organized in well-decorated banquet hall inside Global Mall at the heart of beautiful city of Norcross in Georgia. Board members Bidya Gurung and Namita Ghimire led the decoration of the venue.
The Registration desk was well managed by NASeA Treasurer Pashupati Neapupane, NAG Treasurer Baburam, Kumar KC. NASeA Board members Sushil Nepal, Manish Shakaya, and Satish Gupta very effectively managed the booth where special T-Shirt with NASeA Silver Jubilee logo was sold. Board Members Gajendra Aryal, Girwan Pandey, Yogeshwar Karki, Narendra Baral together with NASeA Adviser CK Parajuli, Kumar KC, Gobinda Shrestha, Amreeta Regmi, Mohan Bista were physically present and extended their valuable contribution towards making this convention a success.
Self-pay Lunch was offered in Asiana restaurant in Global Mall and for all registered participants a delicious Snacks/Dinner was served during the cultural/concert night.
‘The opening ceremony and business hour’ was conducted jointly by Shiva Bista and Krishna Shrestha the General Secretary and Joint Secretary respectively. While the Cultural/Concert event was Emceed by NASeA Executive Member Bhuwan Khanal.