Bishnu cofounded the Vermont Nepali Cultural Heritage Dance Group in 2016 to teach Nepali dance and culture to the younger generation. We filmed a rehearsal of the group in 2017 and met an 8-year-old Bindhiya who loved learning the dances. More recently, the group changed its name to the Bhutanese Nepali Cultural Heritage Dance Group, and Bindhiya was a top-five finalist in the Himalayan Music Academy Online Talent Show Competition.
Eva recently caught up with Bindhiya and two other members of the group at the O’Brien Community Center in Winooski to see a taping for the Vermont International Festival, which is going virtual this year. She spoke to Bindhiya; her father, Bishnu; and her cousin Jeetan about the importance of retaining their Nepali culture.
You can see the full performance of the Bhutanese Nepali Cultural Heritage Dance Group online during the Vermont International Festival, which runs from December 4 through 6.
"Naraina" & "Indore" by Kevin MacLeod
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