Over 300 spectators attended the first inter-university Nepalese dance competition on Saturday March 9 at University of Surrey, Guildford. The event which was organised by the Surrey University Nepalese Society was part of the running international festival. Adding an international flavour to the event were the Pakistani society with their wonderful display of cultural wear. Our fellow Nepalese students also set the stage on fire with a cultural fashion show. Ten different universities from the UK participated in the dance competition which had Parika Ale (dancer), Sashi Thapa Subba (theatre artist/performer), Sexy Shishi (B-BOY dancer) and retired Lt Lal Bdr Gurung (choreographer) on the judging panel.
The event took a formal start at 2.30PM with the inauguration by his Excellency Dr Suresh Chandra Chalise. The countless performances by the groups consistently entertained the guests and the judges. Dancers were seen performing in variety of songs from Nepali, English to Hindi. After a stiff competition, the winning team was announced as Bournemouth University Nepalese Society with dancers Kevin Rai, Kewal Rai, Brik Shahi and Suju Gurung. Parika Ale shared “To me, dancers from Bournemouth University displayed the talent to awe the audience and made them feel what they were feeling. I got goose bumps when watching them perform. The steps were very creative with good synchronization within the group. It was energetic, fun and most importantly, it was passionate. They were lost within the music.” Following closely were the all-girl group from Brunel University Nepalese Society in second place who did an amazing job with the Nepali classic Darpanchaya and South London College (affiliated to Leeds Metropolitan University) in third place with the faultless performance of Mero Geet.
The event would not have been possible without the members and volunteers who worked effortlessly to bring this plan into action. The event was also sponsored by SO Asia, Thai Express and Gurkha Global Security Services. The net amount raised from the event will go towards the health camp project to be conducted by SUNS. Huge kudos to SUNS for pulling such an event off, it’s no easy task and well done to everyone for participating as well. Great job.Join Lex on Facebook! Read More: Inter-Uni Nepalese Society Football Inter-Uni Nepalese Dance Competition