PPGUK celebrates Kwati Punhi

Pasa Puchah Guthi UK (PPGUK) held it's 12th Annual General Meeting and Kwati Punhi celebration in Londong last Sunday. It also included an art exhibition by its members. The program was participated by 50 guests including founding members Mr. Amrit Sthapit, Mr. Arjun Pradhan, Mr. Mahanta Bahadur Shrestha, Mr. Shashidhar Manandhar and Mr. Uttam Amatya.

The event commenced with President Mr. Balmukund Prasad Joshi's Welcome speech in which he expressed his gratefulness to all general members and supporters of PPGUK for their continuous support. President of PPGUK Board of Trustees (BOT), Mr. Mahanta Bahadur Shrestha, gave an introduction to the organizational structure of PPGUK, it's branches and the BOT. While Past-president Mr. Arjun Sthapit gave an introduction to the project under his supervision- Newah Chhen, a common house for Newah cultural and traditional community needs, founding President Mr. Amrit Sthapit made valuable remarks on PPGUK activities and where it could improve. Founding member Mr. Shashidhar Manadhar concluded the opening session with his keynote speech reflecting the prospects and challenges for PPGUK in moving towards a better future.

Guests were then served with Kwaati, the traditional soup of nine beans to be consumed on the full moon of Gunlaa, the tenth month of Nepal Samvat. The meeting resumed with Joint Secretary Ms. Tribeni Gurung presenting the treasurer's report in which she listed out the income and expenditure for all past events of PPGUK.

Mr. Sanyukta Shrestha presented the General Secretary's report, giving a brief overview of PPGUK events throughout the year- [1] Annual Picnic 2012, [2] Mha Puja and Nepal Samvat 1133 New year celebration, [3] Ghya-Chaaku Sanlhu & Yomari Punhi celebration, [4] Guthi Seminar 2013, and [5] Annual Picnic 2013. This was followed by a lively interaction with all general members of PPGUK about various ways in which they could contribute towards the prosperity of the Guthi community. Towards the end, Vice-president Mrs. Manisha Dangol Shrestha gave vote of thanks on behalf of the executive committee.

The final segment of the event presented an interesting display of paintings and sculpture by artists from the Guthi community- Mr. Atish Chitrakar, Ms. Rupa Maharjan, Mr. Rupesh Dangol, Mr. Sanjeep Maharjan, Mr. Sanyukta Shrestha and Ms. Sarita Maharjan. Te group exhibition was enjoyed by all guests leading to a reasonable amount of artwork being sold on the spot.

Te meeting concluded with traditional Nyaataa Ghaasaa Bhwoye served to guests.

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