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Mahakavi Vidyapati remembered in USA



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By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, Dec. 28: Vidyapati Samaroh has recently been celebrated for the first time in the United States.
The Association of Nepali Teraian in America (ANTA) organised the event in Princeton, N.J. on December 14 in collaboration with Maithils of North America (MoNA).
The function was held to celebrate the legacy of renowned 14th century Maithili poet, Mahakavi Vidyapati, as well as Mithila tradition and culture in the US, ANTA’s spokesperson-designate Mohan Yadav said.
The December 14 event was envisioned by Aprajita Jha, president-elect of ANTA, and the core members of MoNA and ANTA.
Chief guests Dhirendra Premarshi and Rupa Jha, the renowned artist duo went to attend the event from Nepal. They also performed there.
They were joined by many local artists and Maithil community members who presented their own versions of songs of Vidyapati and other poets and composers.
Sudha Jha , Aprajita Jha, Gauri Pandey, Shaily Jha , Meenakshi Mishra, Pushpa Mishra, Shravan Jha and Arya Jha performed many of the soul-stirring songs written and composed by Mahakavi Vidyapati.
Several leaders of Indian and Nepali communities in the U.S., attended the event, including Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) president Alok Kumar, current President of ANTA Vijay Singh, Treasurer of ANTA Mukesh Karna, and ANTA’s DC Chapter President Anil Dwivedy.