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Beginning on a fun note

Lo Sar, a festival that heralds the new year in the Himalayas, will be celebrated in the Capital with traditional and cultural acts by 20 countries

music Updated: Feb 24, 2012 00:29 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

Giving a new dimension to the world of rock bands is Dharma Bums, the world’s only American Buddhist rock band hailing from Woodstock, New York, which will be performing in the city to mark the New Year of Himalayan Buddhists.

“The festival is being celebrated for the first time in Delhi. It’s one of the biggest cultural fests for us,” says Sonam Agola, general secretary of Buddhjyoti Foundation, the organisers of the festival. This one-day festival will see live cultural performances, stalls selling exquisite accessories and handicrafts, select cuisine from different states, and participation from about 20 countries. “While cuisine from many countries will be available at the festival, a must have is Ema Datse, a Bhutanese dish made of chilly and cheese,” says Agola.

Called Lo Sar (which means fresh year), the New Year is celebrated with zealous festivities across the mountainous region, from India’s far north in Ladakh, to the tribal districts of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, stretching eastward to Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Darjeeling.

The cultural performances at the festival will include traditional dances from both national and international artists. Troops such as Tamang cultural, Arunachal Monpa cultural, Japanese cultural, Phunsto Ladaki, Kinnauri cultural, Ladakh live band and Bhutan cultural will perform at the festival, with Bodhi-Satva Show being the highlight of the day.

Catch it live...
What: Lo Sar - New Year of Himalayan Buddhists
When: February 25
Timing: 10am onwards
Entry: Free
Where: Indraprastha Park, Outer Ring Road
Nearest Metro Station: Indraprastha on the Blue Line

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