Talks Take Up Nepal-Britain Ties

We also supported a print/photographic exhibition brought over by the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh at the Sidhartha Art Gallery and Dr. Mark Watson gave a wonderful lecture at the Stirling Club.

June 30, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 07 No. -2 June 28- 2013 (Ashad 14, 2070)

The Nepal Britain Society has played an important role in fostering ties between Nepal and Great Britain by promoting cultural and social programs and strengthening harmony and understanding between the two countries.

Over the last two years, the Nepal Britain Society has conducted many talk programs. One of the most fascinating speakers the Nepal Britain Society were lucky to listen to was Sir Ranulph Fiennes. According to the Guinness Book of Records, he has become the world's Greatest Living Explorer, having climbed Everest and walked across Antarctica, among so many other valiant and nobel feats.

He gave a slide presentation and lecture at Baber Mahal Revisited Courtyard and said at the opening of the 'Kobold Revisited Courtyard' that its owner was ‘a great mentor and friend of my friend’ Mr. Michael Kobold.

We also celebrated Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee in a grand manner and gave a cheque for Rs. 2 lakhs for burn victims to the organization. The amount raised was from our own drama/theater groups – the new Shakespeare Wallahs, and the children of the British School and which was performed at the British School called the Winter Revue. Mrs. Greta Rana has played a very instrumental role to bring all the fabulous plays that we have put on over the years in the Stirling Club, the Yak and Yeti Hotel and the Soaltee Hotel.

We also supported a print/photographic exhibition brought over by the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh at the Sidhartha Art Gallery and Dr. Mark Watson gave a wonderful lecture at the Stirling Club. On July 20th 2012 the Nepal Britain Society together with the Himalayan Nature Trust organized a special program to honour leading Tiger Expert and Conservationist Chuck McDougal with the Brian Hodgson Award for nature conservation 2012.

Our last program was a joint lecture between the Nepal Britain Society and the Nepal Heritage Society in which we had nearly sixty people from the Department of Archaeology and the Heritage Society and Nepal Britain Society who came to listen to Dr. Poonam Rana, lecturer at Tribhuwan University also Deputy General Secretary of the Nepal Heritage Society and life member of Nepal Britain Society. Her subject was on development of Nepal on the art and architecture and Prakash Darnal, who is an expert on the 'Archaeology of Buddhism' recent discoveries with the Kaliya Region of Nepal.

This was exciting as this was the first time that we got a glimpse of Lord Buddha's maternal birth place and home and saw the ancient relics and buildings which were newly dug up and unearthed by the team. Nepal Britain Society and its executive members are voluntary members and all programs that we carry out are funded by our own fundraising programs and we also get great help from our sponsors who believe in our work.

Pratima Pande

Pratima Pande

Pande is president of Nepal Britain Society. Excerpts of her statement delivered at a function organized to welcome new British Ambassador to Nepal Andy Sparks.

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