KATHMANDU, May 14 : “Kathmandu Kaleidoscope”, the Indo-Nepal Conference held in the Nepal Tourism Board, Bhrikuti Mandap came to a close after two days of vibrant discussions. Issues discussed at the program were Media, Film, Music, Literature, Fashion and Business.
The conference saw experts from Nepal as well as India of the respective fields talk and answer queries about the field to the audience who were largely youth.
The second and the last day of the conference started off with a panel discussion on ‘Literature and Creativity in youths’ by Aditya Sudarshan (Novelist), Richa Bhattarai (Journalist, Author of Fifteen and Three Quarters) and Rabi Thapa (Author of Nothing to Declare.) They shared views on translation, quality of English language among young writers and on literary criticism.
“The literary scenario amongst the young writers is improving by the day,” said Richa. Aditya talked of how some of the world renowned literary figures have composed their best works during their youth.
The literary discussion was followed by a talk on fashion where Jattinn Kochhar (Fashion Designer), Astik Sherchan (Fashion Designer), Shristi Shrestha (Miss Nepal 2012) and Nuzhat Qazi (Fashion Designer) discussed ‘India-Nepal, how culturally fashionably are we?’
“We are progressing every day,” said Astik of Astik Designs. During the talk Kochhar shared with the audiences the Indian fashion scene and his journey from the start to becoming a prominent fashion designer. “You should have passion and the willingness to work hard,” he said.
In the afternoon, the panel discussion was on Music and its promises and challenges where Dr. Shailendra Goswami (Vocalist and Associate Professor, Delhi University, Abhaya Subba (Singer) and Almoda Uprety (Kathmandu University School of Music) participated.
The discussions in the two-day conference were an effective platform for Nepali youths to interact with the accomplished professionals and learn about the changes, challenges and creativity in the particular fields.