KATHMANDU, NOV 08 - With the festive season at its prime, entertainment options available to youngsters in the Capital are ever-increasing. Concerts, in particular, have become very popular among Kathmandu’s young crowds in recent years, and the success of the recently concluded Nepfest and Silence Fest, have only proven this fact. While these concerts were more genre-specific, and saw huge crowds of metal heads congregating together, the Kantipur Media House is organising a more ‘inclusive’ concert, in hopes of getting the Nepali youth together to advocate for change.
The concert will be part of Pariwartan—A Movement, Kantipur’s corporate responsibility movement that hopes to stir patriotic sentiments in the country’s citizenry, particularly its youth. The Tudhikel grounds will be decked up on November 10 for the official launch of Pariwartan, as well as a concert that will feature some of the country’s best bands and musicians. Robin and the New Revolution, Mukti and Revival, Mt 8848, The Shadows, Mantra, and Awaj Band, will be performing along with Hem Subedi, Sugam Pokharel and Yogeshwor Amatya at the concert. Sambhav Sirohiya, one of the organisers, says, “The concert hopes to get teenagers from all over the Valley together so that they might make a collective resolution to work together towards building the country.”
While Pariwartan as a movement is a non-political campaign that hopes to get Nepalis to take up social initiatives on their own, and work towards individual resolutions for change, the concert itself is as much about being committed towards helping bring positive change in the country as it is about having a good time and enjoying some really good music and food.
Saturday’s event will feature a DJ session, as well as a fire show, and will also include food stalls serving delicious tit-bits. A special documentary that has thematic ties with Pariwartaan will also be screened at the event, which will be a seven-hour affair; beginning at 2 in the afternoon and lasting till 9 pm. There will also be a helicopter blessing, and a ‘resolution board’ for participations to write down their own resolutions for change, at the event.
Numerous national celebrity figures including Bhusan Dahal, Deepak Bista, Mukti Shakya and Hari Bansha Acharya have already committed themselves to the movement. Pariwartan identifies ‘One Nepali: One Resolution’ as its theme. “Let us all make a resolution to do at least one good thing, and to contribute to building a better Nepal,” say the organisers.
The Pariwartan campaign will travel from Kathmandu to other Nepali cities such as Pokahra, Dharan and Chitwan, among others in the coming months. Entry to Saturday’s event in Tudikhel is free for all.
On Saturday, November 10, well-known names and faces in the Nepali media—television and radio personalities, actors, singers, and other artists, as well as sports persons, and businessmen—all those who have committed themselves to Pariwartan—A Movement will be present at the Tundikhel grounds to lend support to the campaign. As individuals of note who have publicly voiced their own resolutions for change, all of which adhere to Pariwartan’s theme: ‘One Nepali, One Resolution’, these individuals share their opinions on their own resolutions with the Post.
Bhusan Dahal (television personality)
“Will utilise the space I have in the media today to act as an agent for the nation’s progress.”
The media is a means through which I can contribute to the event. Everybody who chooses to get involved in this
can help build a better country. Pariwartan is a nationwide movement, and I’m proud to be a
part of it. My best wishes
to everyone who is part
Hari Bansha Acharya (actor/comedian)
“Will do my part to help build a democratic constitution in Nepal.”
The Nepali people have always wanted a democratic constitution. It is the first step towards providing a solution to all the problems that plague our country. A lot of youth initiative is required if this resolution is to come true, so I am here to contribute in my own way. The people of Nepal have lived this way for too long; it is time for change.
“Will pass on my skills and talent to the next generation.”
This, I think, is my resolution because I feel it is a form of patriotism. We will never learn without teaching, and so I plan to help my Nepali friends. I will feel that I’ve served my country if I am able to do so. My aim is to take Nepali cricket to a level that’s higher than where it is today. I hope Nepali players in the future will be able to gain more international fame. Whatever I do, I shall be contributing to Nepali cricket.
“Will help bridge the gap between urban and rural Nepal with the documentary I am producing.”
I am producing a documentary that portrays the hardship people, particularly women, in some of the most remote parts of the country have to face. I hope it will make people see how different the lives of these people are compared to ours. In my documentaries, I want to explore social issues that have not yet been addressed.
“Will have my fundamental rights ensured—with force, if I am denied them.”
The right to freedom and the
right to choose are fundamental rights to me. I should, for
example, be free to choose between a Coca-cola and a Fanta. I like it when I can choose whether
to watch a Nepali film or a foreign one. It is up to me to decide
whether I wake up at six in the morning, or at the same hour in the evening. These rights should be handed to me without fuss, and ensuring this is what my resolution is all about.
Posted on: 2012-11-09 09:04