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Nepal Nite continues to celebrate diversity

March 29, 2018

 

HANNAH JONES
Staff Reporter | hej006@latech.edu

 

Nepal Nite, hosted by the Namaste Nepal Association, included a Nepalese dinner and musical and dance performances. – Photo by Colin Fontenot

 

Nepal Nite 2018 was a night filled with singing, dancing, eating and the experience of being in a entirely different world. Hosted by the Namaste Nepal Association in the Tonk at Louisiana Tech, the evening consisted of musical performances by international students woven together into a storyline by a creative skit with an intermission for a Nepalese dinner.

 

The annual Nepal Night gave the community of Ruston and Tech a glimpse of the Tech Nepalese students’ home and culture as well as celebrating at its close the presentation of two scholarships to two very deserving international students.
Shailendra Bhattarai, Namaste Nepal Association (NNA) President, considered the night a success, despite a couple of unexpected obstacles.

 

“The main idea is to show the diversity on campus,” Bhattarai, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, said. “Tonight went very well. It did go a little late but we started a little late. There were some technical difficulties, but most of the people thought it was part of the act. So I’m very glad that all of the hard work of two months came together for such an awesome two hours.”

 

Overlooking the minor technical difficulties, the night was an upbeat exposure to Nepalese culture. The audience certainly appeared to pay no mind to the bumps in the program. A few onlookers even rose from their seats during a couple of songs in order to dance along in front of the stage and there were many enthusiastic voices from the crowd that joined in on a song they knew. Audience member Kenny Green, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, said he enjoyed the glimpse he received of the culture of some of his own friends at Tech.

 

“I’m fascinated by the culture,” Green said. “I love the music, I love the dancing — it’s beautiful — and I love the food. The dancing was my favorite part of the whole thing — it’s so expressive, it’s gorgeous. I love it.”

 

Many students were involved in each of the performances, with a couple of the dances including American students as well.

 

One of the dancers Shaile Malla — also one of the scholarship recipients — is so knowledgeable of the cultural dances that her movement was not the result of months of practice.

 

“You might not believe it, but my solo dance — I did not practice it once,” Malla said. “I listened to the song many times but I just practiced about an hour before I came to tonight. And the last dance they told me from Beryl so I took the different steps from Beryl and I just followed them. I love to dance.”

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