Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ramesh Tamrakar: A Versatile and Popular Newah Singer

Rabin Man Shakya
Former Associate Editor, The Rising Nepal

The fans of Nepal Bhasa music in Nepal and all over the world were deeply moved by the sad news of popular singer Ramesh Tamrakar's demise on Jan 25, 2018. Tamrakar died of heart failure, but he was battling against diabetes for last several years.

Noted Newah singer Tamrakar was born on Oct 5, 1950 to father Chaitya Ratna Tamrakar and mother Hera Lani Tamrakar in Kathmandu.

Tamrakar started singing songs from the childhood. But "Wane Tyela Jila Thaun Kalaya Thhachhen" was his first recorded song.

Back in 1970 and 80s, like today, there were no TV and Internet. Tamrakar used to present his melodies at different Daboo Pyakhan programs organized at various Toles of Kathmandu. His rendition was highly appreciated and recognized by the people at that time. However, Ramesh Tamrakar started singing at Radio Nepal in 1972.

It is to be noted that, at that time, Radio Nepal was the only one electronic media in Nepal. Singers had to pass the voice test at the Radio Nepal prior to doing recording of songs at the state-owned broadcasting station. Late Tamrakar had rendered a number of popular songs in Nepali too at the Radion Nepal.

Still when I was with The Rising Nepal, I interviewed late Tamrakar who was then the General Managar of Rastriya Naachghar (Sanskritik Sansthan). Tamrakar had then led a big cultural delegation of Sanskritik Sansthan to Japan where they performed several Nepalese shows.

In that exclusive interview with me, late Tamrakar threw light on his hobby and passion, on his singing experience, on problems facing Nepali and Nepal Bhasa music industry and on problems of the Rastriya Naachghar.

In that interview, late Tamrakar revealed that music and singing were his hobby and passion and that he was always an amateur singer. It is to be noted that late Tamrakar led the Naachghar for four years. The interview was published in the Friday Supplement of The Rising Nepal in 1994.

A number of music cassettes and CD albums of late Tamrakar were brought out, but remarkable among them were the Cocktail (Panchakwa) 1, 2 and 3.

Newah Organization of America (NOA) in its condolence message said: "Tamrakar was a well learned person with double Masters degree in Mathematics (1972 from TU) and in Management Studies from Leeds University, UK."

The NOA condolence message went on to say:"NOA was honored to have Mr Tamrakar as a special guest and perform at NOA's 15th Annual Convention and General Meeting in 2016."

Versatile Newah singer Tamrakar was himself a philanthropist too. In memory of his parents, he had established "Chaitya Hera Shirapa" to be awarded every year to a girl student from Udaye Newah community with the highest scores in the SLC examinations.

Here in Portland, USA, very often, I keep listening to his songs "Wone Tyela Ji La Thaun Kalaya Thhachhen", "Chhaga Niga Swanga Makhaya Bhata Gwanga", "Hayare Jyapuni Tata", "Swaye Dhaka Swayagu Makhu"and "Layekuli Durbar Du" etc. These and other Nepal Bhasa songs of late Tamrakar are always sadabahar and perpetual melodies.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Nepali Association of Oregon (NAO) Greets 2075 Bikram Sambat with Blood Donation Drive

Rabin Man Shakya
Former Associate Editor, The Rising Nepal

While extending congratulations to my friends and readers on behalf of the Newah American Buddhist Association on the occasion of the New Year 2075 Bikram Sambat, I also express sincere best wishes, sound health, longevity of life, prosperity, success in life and career, as well as happiness to all of you.

When I tell my American friends here in Portland that there are a number of new years in a tiny country like Nepal, such as Nepal Sambat, Lhosar New Year, Bikram Sambat etc, they are like, wow, it's amazing! By the same token, Gregorian Calendar's New Year is also widely celebrated in the Himalayan country.

While Nepal Sambat is one of the most widely celebrated new years in Nepal, other new years like Bikram Sambat and Lhosar new years are also celebrated enthusiastically.

Every new year brings new optimism, new hopes, enthusiasm, happiness and cheerfulness. Going by the Facebook posts, the Bikram Sambat new year 2075 was celebrated by the people in Kathmandu and other parts of Nepal officially as well as unofficially.

It looks like the Kathmanduites cheered up to greet and welcome the New Year Bikram Sambat 2075 at various places of Kathmandu, the historic capital of Nepal.

According to the social media sites, restaurants, cafes and hotels of Kathmandu were full of revelers eager to welcome the new year.

To celebrate the Happy New Year Bikram Sambat 2075, Nepali Association of Oregon (NAO), the most representative and the oldest Nepalese community organization in Oregon, also organized a reception program in which a number of Nepalese Portlanders from different walks of life took part.

According to Bharat Banskota, president of NAO, the Association celebrated the Bikram Sambat new year 2075 with blood donation program and traditional Nepalese cuisine.

NAO chief went on to say that 27 community members also donated blood at the event that was followed by Nepali songs and bingo game.

NRN NCC USA National Women Coordinator and West America Nepali Association (WANA) vice president Indira Tripathi was the chief guest on the occasion.

New year celebrations are fine, but this is also the time for some soul-searching and retrospection. What did we do well in 2074 BS? What were our weaknesses and drawbacks?

We have to make firm determinations and some concrete resolutions for the new year 2075 BS. No matter where we are, we have to work in a team spirit for the common good of the community and the society as a whole.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Satya Mohan Joshi: Editor of first inclusive magazine in Nepal Bhasa and Nepali


 Dr Rabin Man Shakya with Man of Century Satya Mohan Joshi at a program hosted by Metaagaar at Hotel Yellow Pagoda in Kathmandu in 2017


By Dr. Rabin Man Shakya
Former Associate Editor, The Rising Nepal

Today, Satya Mohan Joshi is the most senior litterateur in Nepal Bhasa and Nepali. He is one of the few nonagenarian Nepalese luminaries who has dedicated his whole life for promoting arts, culture, literature and journalism. Joshi is a shining star in the constellation of Nepal Bhasa and Nepali literature. Newah culture, Nepal Bhasa journalism and Nepal Bhasa literature must be grateful to him and also must be proud of a creative researcher like him. 
Even though there are zealots at either end of the political and literary spectrum in Nepal, most people consider something other than politics their top priority. Creative fields like literature and journalism have sadly been highly politicized and polarized in Nepal. In this context, Joshi has always been a simple, independent and free litterateur. A number of observers coming from the left and right spectrums have mentioned it as one of the quintessential aspects of Joshi’s continuous efforts for preserving arts and culture, Nepal Bhasa literature and Nepal Bhasa language.
Man of century Satya Mohan Joshi was born on Baisakh 30, 1977 BS to father Shankar Raj Joshi and mother Raj Kumari Joshi at Bakhum Bahal in Patan district of Nepal. 
Having preliminary alphabetical knowledge at home, Joshi was admitted to Darbar High School. He passed his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tri-Chandra College. Joshi has written and published more than 70 books in Nepal Bhasa and Nepali. Notable publications of Joshi are “Hamro Lok Sanakriti” and “Nepali Rastriya Mudra” which have bagged two Madan Puraskar awards in 1956 and 1960 respectively. Other remarkable magnum opus of Joshi include Karnaliko Lok Sanskriti, Charumati, Sun Keshari, Mahipa: Lakhe, Bagh Bhairab etc. So many books, booklets, articles and news stories about Joshi have been published and broadcast in Nepal and other countries.  
Satya Mohan Joshi was appointed the first director of the Archeological and Cultural Department of the Nepal Government in 1959. Joshi played significant role in establishing Rastriya Naachghar in Kathmandu, Archeological Garden in Patan, Arniko White Dagoba Gallery in Kirtipur, National Painting Museum in Bhaktapur and Archeological Museum in Taulihawa. 
Soon after King Mahendra orchestrated a coup d’état in 1960 against the elected Nepali Congress government, Joshi went to the People’s Republic of China. During his stay in China, Joshi not only began teaching Nepali at the Peking Broadcasting Institute, but he was also engaged in research on Arniko, a Nepali sculptor who went to China in 1260 AD. 
Joshi, who is one of the Executive Board Members of Nepali Art Council and a Lifetime Member of Nepal Academy, was honored with “Litterateur of the Century” title on August 23, 2017 by the Government of Nepal in recognition of his unprecedented and unparalleled contributions to Nepalese arts and culture. 
Satya Mohan Joshi is a prominent archeologist, historian and an expert on arts and culture. He is a noted litterateur, poet, and dramatist. No doubt, Joshi is a multi-dimensional and multi-talented personality. But the fact that Joshi is also a journalist and editor is not known to many. In fact, Satya Mohan Joshi was not just a journalist, he is the pioneer of “inclusive journalism” in Nepal. 
Quarterly magazine “Kalakar” (Artist) was launched in January 1953 (Nepal Sambat 1073, Silla Thwo Panchami). The magazine (that came out four times a year) was published by Satya Sahitya Sadan, Bakhumbahal, Patan and was edited by Satya Mohan Joshi. The magazine “Kalakar” was the first publication to be printed both in Nepal Bhasa and Nepali. That is why editor Joshi is considered to be the pioneer of inclusive journalism in Nepal. Raison d'être for launching the magazine “Kalakar” was the statement “Developed arts is the heritage of a developed society” printed as the epithet on the first issue of the magazine in the front page. Noted artist late Chandra Man Maskey expressed his views also on the front page of “Kalakar”: “Literature is the main symbol of civilization, but fine arts also creates literature.”  A selfless desire to enhance and promote Nepal Bhasa, Nepalese arts and culture is the quintessence of Joshi’s life. Publication of inclusive magazine “Kalakar” was simply a meaningful step towards that direction. Satya Mohan Joshi was also editor of other historically important magazines like Bikas, Raajmarg and NACC (Nepal-America Cultural Center) monthly publication. It is to be noted that the quarterly publication “Kalakar” was brought out during a short  period of democratic political experience of 1951 – 1960. 
The constructive changes at that time were part of wider government reckoning that the policy of repression of freedom of press and lack of freedom of languages during the Rana regime were severely flawed, The newspaper renaissance and liberal language policy were part of reform efforts implemented during the short period of democratic innovations, Needless to say, the more languages are included in the newspapers or magazines, the more inclusive will they become. 
Gorkhapatra, the grand old lady of Nepalese journalism, has been promoting inclusive journalism for over a decade now by giving space for news and views in all the indigenous languages of Nepal. Since Nepal is a multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic country, the basic essence of journalism should be to make it more inclusive. It is the duty of the federal democratic government to give equal opportunities to all the languages of Nepal and to promote inclusive journalism and indigenous media. 
Today more than ever, indigenous media and inclusive journalism have become the buzzwords in the Nepal Bhasa media scenario after Nepal was proclaimed a federal republic in 2008. It is an open secret that both indigenous media and inclusive journalism could not flourish until democracy was restored in 1990 as a result of the People’s Movement. There simply was no conducive political atmosphere for indigenous and inclusive journalism in Nepal during the 30 years of repressive Panchayat era which ended in 1990. The Panchayat regime had bolstered up the uni-cultural society by adopting “one language one nation” slogan. Government resources were poured in only for promoting Nepali language and literature. Other ethnic languages of Nepal were grossly neglected. 
Today, Nepal’s indigenous media, especially the Nepal Bhasa newspapers and Newah Journalists National Forum have come out quite strongly to champion the cause of inclusive journalism. It is to be noted that the yearnings and grievances which have remained suppressed within these indigenous communities during the Rana regime and the Panchayat era had to surface. 
The abolition of monarchy and introduction of federal democratic governance in 2008 have paved the way for the cause of indigenous media. As a result, the indigenous media, especially the Nepal Bhasa newspapers have been giving voice to enhance and promote inclusive journalism and indigenous media. Therefore, the seeds of inclusive journalism sown by Satya Mohan Joshi in 1953 by publishing the magazine “Kalakar” in Nepal Bhasa and Nepali are, today, gaining the momentum, albeit slowly and steadily. At a time when the nation has already entered into the federal structure, the question now is how the local and state governments will be moving forward to introduce policies vis-à-vis the concerns of indigenous journalism and inclusive media. 
(Rabin Man Shakya, a Portland based Newah journalist, is the first PhD in journalism in Nepal. Shakya did his PhD on the history of Nepalese journalism at the Department  of Journalism in Moscow State University in March, 1989.)


Cover page of the first inclusive magazine "Kalakaar" 

Front page of the first inclusive magazine "Kalakaar"
(Photos of Kalakar magazine courtesy of Newah Journalists National Forum's publication)

Friday, January 26, 2018

Tributes Paid to My Late Mother Man Shova Shakya, Condolences Extended in Nepal and the US

Rabin Man Shakya
President, Newah American Buddhist Association.

Anything can happen to anybody anytime. Human life is so unpredictable, fragile and vulnerable to illnesses, incidents and accidents. Life is uncertain but death is certain. Anichabata Sankhara.

One month ago, on Dec 26, 2017, my mother Man Shova Shakya passed away. She was 88. She died of heart failure at Norvic International Hospital in Kathmandu. Late Ms Shakya has been battling against diabetes  for last 30 years.

Born at Jhochhen Tole in Kathmandu in 1929, late Ms Shakya always worked very hard for the welfare of her children in the family. She was a gifted housewife as well.

She married late Pushpa Shakya in 1941 AD when her age age was only 12 and my dad was just a 13 year old kid. It is to be noted that child marriage was still a very common practice in Nepal at that time, a time when the Himalayan Kingdom was still in the grip of despotic Rana oligarchs.

Late Ms Shakya was a gentle and loving woman who was devoted to her family and worked hard to provide a comfortable home and opportunities for her children to succeed.

My mom was not well educated but I still remember it was her who taught me to learn and write Na Mo Ba Gi Sho Ra Ye  and Ka Kha Ga Gha on the slate board when I probably was just a 4 or 5 year-old kid.
All four of her children achieved advanced degrees  excelling in both the classroom and professional world, a testimony to her support as a good mother. She not only inculcated values of discipline and self respect on her children, but also instilled the significance of culture, traditions and religion on them.

Her eldest daughter Dr Lata Bajracharya is a senior gynecologist  in Nepal and also  the president of Development Board of Paropakar Maternity and Women's Hospital whereas her eldest son Dr Rabin Man Shakya is the first journalism Ph D in Nepal.

Likewise, her younger son Ujjwal Man Shakya is one of the senior architects of Nepal and her younger daughter Sunita Shrestha is also an architect.

A lot of people including our relatives, friends and well-wishers had come to us to extend condolences at my brother's house at Baluwatar, Kathmandu.

A team of doctors from Nepalese Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists  (NESOG) visited us and extended a letter of condolence. Also, a team of doctors and other staffs from the Capital Hospital, Kathmandu paid last tributes to her on her photo.

Those who came to express condolences to the mourning family were Vikkhuni Dr Dhamma Vijaya Guruma (Buddhist nun), Tulasa Amatya, Director of Community Action Center and women rights activist Bharati Silwal.

Similarly, Amir Man Shakya, president of Shakya Foundation, Dil Ratna Shakya, president of Nepal-Russia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Swaraj Shakya, General Secretary of Nepal-Russia Friendship and Cultural Association and Shanta Ratna Shakya, chief advisor of Nepal Rastriya Gyanmala Samiti were among those paying final respects to the deceased soul on her photo.

Likewise, Professor Surendra Shakya, Associate Professors Dr Sushil B Bajracharya, Kamal Ratna Shakya and popular singer Prabesh Man Shakya were among the people paying last tributes to her photo during the 7-day mourning period.

Today more than ever, social media has become an important and powerful tool for the people to interact and communicate with each other all over the world. A number of people have also extended condolences to us on the social media sites like the Facebook.  Dr Bal Gopal Shrestha, (the Netherlands) ex-president of World Newah Organization (WNO), Daya Ratna Shakya, WNO vice president, Krishna Chakhun,  (the United Kingdom) WNO spokesperson have expressed "bicha hayeka" in the Facebook.

Likewise, Nahendra Pradhan, president of Mitra Kunja, Bharat Banskota, president of Nepali Association of Oregon (NAO) and Diwakar Maharjan, president of Non-resident Nepalese Association - NCC - USA, Oregon chapter have expressed sadness over the demise of our mother  in the social media sites. Many prominent engineers, doctors, journalists and intellectuals of Nepal have also extended condolences on the Facebook.

Similarly, many Nepalese living in Oregon and other parts of the US have also facebooked to express sorrows.





A religious ritual "Dubyankegu" and offering of "Nhayanma" to the deceased soul  was performed on the seventh day followed by another traditional ritual "Nimmo" performed by our respected Guruju and Gurumaju. Our cousin sisters Shil Shobha Shakya and Sun Keshari Shakya extended a lot of help to facilitate and perform those religious rituals. In fact, rituals like "Dubyankegu" and "Nimmo" are the traditional ways of paying tributes to the deceased soul.

As a matter of fact, within last three months, I have been to Kathmandu two times. First, I was there from Oct 10 to Nov 8, 2017 with my spouse Naveena Shakya. At that time, we were fortunate to see  our mother and have blessings from her. Secondly, I was again in Kathmandu from Dec 31, 2017 to Jan 12, 2018.

Meanwhile, a number of my American friends in Portland also have extended heart-felt condolences to our family. Among them, Glen A Fernley who is a musician/saxophonist for music band "Rebel" in Portland said to me:"I am sorry for your loss. May you and your family garner strength to overcome the unforeseen situation."

Likewise, Dr Daniel Chenowith (Ph D in Psychology) said to me:"Please accept my condolences on your mother's death."

Likewise, some of my Nepalese, Russian, Ethiopean  and Pakistani friends living  in Portland, USA have also extended condolences to our family.

The grieving family members in Nepal and in the US extend heart-felt gratitude to all the people who came to extend condolences to us and wished RIP to the deceased soul and also to all of them who have wished condolences to us in the Facebook.





Friday, November 10, 2017

Newah American Buddhist Association (NABA) formed


Rabin Man Shakya

With the objective of acting as a bilateral forum for promoting Newah arts, culture, traditions and festivals and promoting Buddhism related activities in Nepal as well as in the US, Newah American Buddhist Association (NABA) has been set up  recently in Kathmandu.

Maintaining friendship and cordial relations between Newah Buddhists of Nepal and of the US will be the prime concern of the Association.

NABA is to champion the cause of raising Buddhist awareness, disseminate principles of non-violence and peaceful coexistence.

NABA's establishment recently will be guided not only by the objectives of promoting Newah heritage but also by creating a forum that is dedicated to act as a bridge between Newah Buddhists of Nepal and the US.

Dr Rabin Man Shakya has been nominated as the president of the Newah American Buddhist Association while Mr Dil Ratna Shakya is the general secretary of NABA.

Likewise, Associate Professor Dr. Sushil Bajracharya, Mr. Swaraj Shakya, Mr. Siddhi Ratna Shakya and Naveena Shakya have been nominated as the members of the NABA.

It is to be noted that NABA offices are located both in Kathmandu, Nepal as well as in Portland, USA.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Shatabdi Purush Joshi and Others Felicitated in Kathmandu

Dr Rabin Man Shakya
President, Newah American Buddhist Association

At a program organized at Hotel Yellow Pagoda in Kathmandu by Mettagaar (House of Friendship - in Pali language) recently, three prominent Newah personalities were felicitated.

The Mettagaar program kicked off after illuminating twenty five traditional Bodhi Matas.

Those felicitated were Man of Century Satya Mohan Joshi, poetess Narayan Devi Shrestha and Ven Vichhu Kondanya Mahasthavir.

As a matter of fact, Shatabdi Purush Mr Joshi has been honored and felicitated many times and in many ways, but  Mettagaar felicitation was a unique and unprecedented  honor for the renowned scholar of Nepal Bhasa and Newah culture.


(Shatabdi Purush Satya Mohan Joshi with journalist Dr Rabin Man Shakya at the program.)

Mr Joshi was honored by wrapping a Khata, traditional Newah Lhasa Sahu red cap, Jama, Tash Ya Washa at the program.

On the occasion, Mr Shanta Ratna Shakya, convenor of Mettagaar also handed over Mettagaar Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr Joshi.

Likewise, Newah poetess Narayan Devi Shrestha was bestowed the title of "Paa Meela". It was the Immediate Past "Kumari" (Living Goddess) Matina Shakya who handed over the honor to poetess Shrestha.

Similarly, Ven Vichhu Kondanya Mahasthavir was decorated with the title of "Aggadhammadeshaka" at the same program.

Mayor of Kathmandu Bidya Sundar Shakya, Newah indigenous leader Malla K Sundar, former Newah ministers were among the distinguished guests at the program.

Speaking on the occasion, prominent Newah litterateur Bhusan Prasad Shrestha underlined the need for preservation of Newah culture and traditions.

Shatabdi Purush Mr Joshi threw light on the history of Newah culture and Buddhism and expressed the view that a number of Newah luminaries including Bhrikuti and Arniko had gone to Tibet centuries ago and had disseminated ideas of Newah culture and Buddhism.

On the occasion, Shatabdi Purush Mr Joshi felicitated different Newah personalities including journalist Dr Rabin Man Shakya, Associate Professor Dr Sushil Bajracharya and physicist Dr Mahendra Man Shakya by wrapping the Khatas on them.

Prominent Newah singer Bhriguram Shrestha, former colonel of Nepali Army and singer Purna Bahadur Shakya and Annapurna Gyanmala Bhajan Khala presented songs and bhajans at the program conducted by Ms Pratisara Sayami.

The news about Mettagaar felicitation of distinguished Newah personalities was covered by Bodhi TV, Nepal Bhasa Times and Jhigu Swaniga daily newspapers.













Sunday, September 10, 2017

First North American Regional 'World Newah Organization' Meet Held in Canada

Dr Rabin Man Shakya
Former Associate Editor, The Rising Nepal
Former Lecturer of Journalism, Peoples' Campus.

One and half year after Second World Newah Convention was organized in Baltimore, USA in March, 2016 by the World Newah Organization (WNO), the First North American Regional Conference of the WNO jointly hosted by Canadian Newah Guthi (CNG) and Newah Cultural Society Alberta (NCSA) was successfully held in Mississauga, Canada.

The fact that more than 200 distinguished Newah guests from different parts of North America and Europe took part in the regional WNO meet in Mississauga  was a testimony that WNO is keeping the ball rolling for championing the cause of strengthening and uniting  the Newahs across the world.

The First North American Regional Conference of the WNO was jointly inaugurated on September 2, 2017 at the Preet Palace Banquet Hall, Mississauga by Ambassador of Nepal to Canada, His Excellency Kali Prasad Pokhrel, Member of Canadian Parliament Hon Ms. Sonia Sidhu, president of WNO Season Shrestha and Prof. Dr. Tom O'Neil by illuminating the traditional "Twadewa" (brass oil lamp). At the beginning of the program, the VIP guests were welcomed  by Pancha Kanya with Dhimaya Baja music.  

Delivering a keynote address, Ambassador of Nepal to Canada His Excellency Mr. Pokhrel highlighted the importance of Newah culture and heritage in shaping Nepalese identity and the contribution of Nepalese Canadians to preserve and promote Newah culture in Canada. 

Likewise, Hon Ms. Sonia Sidhu expressed the view that the North American Newah conference would definitely help unite Newah people living in North America to preserve, promote and practice Newah cultural heritage. 

Newah scholars, academicians and delegates from US, UK and Canada like: Dr. Maheswar Baidya, Prof. Dr. Tom O'Neil, Prof. Dr. Christof Emmrich, Pramesh Shrestha, Samyukta Shrestha presented their papers on promotion of Newah culture and heritage, multimedia, Nepalese immigrants scenario and so on, whereas host organizations representatives Bimal Shrestha and Dr. Hemanta Joshi threw light on the activities of their organizations to promote Newah culture in Canada. 

The three days long conference was focused on promotion and preservation of Newah culture and heritage. 

Delegates had the opportunity to interact with the paper presenters. 

Earlier, CNG president Prakash Lal Pradhan welcomed all conference delegates and special guests in the formal inaugural session. 

The conference, with the theme of "Uniting Newah people and practicing, preserving and promoting Newah cultural heritage" concluded with four points "Mississauga (Toronto) Declaration 2017" addressing promotion and preservation of Newah culture and heritage, strengthening partnership among North American Newah organizations and stand in solidarity with "Save the Newah Valley Campaign." 

The regional meeting was attended by WNO senior vice-president Daya Shakya, Newah Organization of America president Mrs. Babita Shrestha, Nepa Pasa Pucha Amerikaye president Mrs.  Saroj Prajapati and many more from US and Canada. 

A special conference souvenir publication "North American Newah" was also brought out and released on the occasion. It was also decided to organize the Second North American WNO Regional Conference in the US. 

According to the organizers of the conference, the main objective of the regional World Newah Organization meet is to unite Newah people living within the North American continent and abroad in order to promote and preserve Newah cultural heritage ( culture, traditions, language, arts, cuisine, attire etc) for current and future  Newah generations.

Newah people's demographic presence is already strong and effective in North America. The top priority of the WNO and other regional organizations like Newah American Dabu, Newah Organization of America, Nepa Pasa Pucha Amerikaye, Canadian Newah Guthi and Newah Cultural Society Alberta should be to focus on uniting Newahs across the globe by preserving and promoting Newah culture, heritage and Nepal Bhasa.