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NovaFest 2008

Recollections
Date: Saturday, 22nd november 2008
Venue: Rastriya Sanskritik Sansthan[Rastiya Nach Ghar]
Location: Jamal
Captions :Upasana Rai/ Manisha Singh
Camera :Abishesh / Jeetendra / Keshav / Sangharsha
Creative Support: Dijup Tuladhar / Pallavi Sharma

Reports: Pallavi Sharma

PART I -AN ODE TO THE PARTICIPANTS

Novafest showcased some of the best talents at D2. There were songs, dances, dramas – you name it and it was there. Thanks to the effort and dedication put in by everybody including the performers, the organizers and the MCs.

All the performances were equally good. The show would not have been possible without all of them including the audience.

Of course there were lapses, backstage quarrels, on stage slips nevertheless the performers did put in their best by all means. What people saw on stage was a result of the hardwork and the extra effort put in by the organizers, the dancers, the band members, the MCs- everybody.

The band members were terrific. Kapil, Ravi, Jeevan, Dipin, Bishwadeep, Rajendra, Saroj, Vinay and Dhilung played the guitar for several songs while Bishwa, Pravinda, Kapil played the drums while Suyesh, Anish, Siris, Ishwor,Sumit, Dhilung, Ashish and Bishwadeep mesmerized the audience with their vocals.

The dancers were no less. Monika, Bhimsen, Surendra, RajendraS, Sumit, Sabin Chandra, Ritesh, Sabita, Alina, Pragya, Shreejana,Upasana, Bidha, Pallavi, Shilpa, Rajiv Shrestha, Prajwal ,Chandra Kishor, Asim , RajendraB, Deepak, Mamata, Rina, Jasmine, Shamesh and Tejaswee kept the audience spellbound with their dance numbers.

There were two dramas participated in by Rudra, Santosh, Ashay,Shamesh, Pallavi, Bidha, Anup, Sudeep ,Pratik, Rohan and Chetna.

Ashay, Manisha,Ganesh,Luna,Sita and Sanjeet were the compares for the evening.

The enthusiasm and the effort that everybody put in was worth appreciating and should not be overshadowed by the shortcomings and technical flaws of that day. It takes a decent effort to manage diversity both in terms of people and the items and the credit goes to the coordinators for managing the event up until the end.

With every event there is a lesson learnt and so have all of us during the making of the Novafest. The experiences have taught us all a good lesson and next year we promise to be back with more fun.

PART II – THE MAKING

Despite repeated requests, there were very few people who submitted their names as participants for the Novafest. Of those people who had initially submitted their names, some of them could not make it. Given the fact that there were very few people who could actually manage time for the event, the participants had to involve themselves in more than one item.

The dancers then formed their own groups and came up with songs of their choice while the songs were also being practiced in groups.

Initially, the dancers practiced at the canteen but after complaints from the neighbors, the dances were choreographed by Purnam Rai and rehearsed at Star Dance Academy, Baneswor. All the dance numbers except ‘Rajamati wa’ were choreographed at the academy. Rajamati wa was choreographed at Sadhana Kala Kendra, Putalisadak by Yam Gurung.

The songs were practiced at Kaleidoscope, Putalisadak. The band members practiced daily after work and even during weekends.

The cultural fashion show – Unity in Diversity was practiced at the office premises itself- at the canteen to be specific. The participants came as early as 7:45 AM in the morning for practice. They did practice during the weekends too.

The dramas were practiced at the office premises itself. “Yastai ho suchana ra prabidhi” was practiced at building 5. The initial snippets were provided by Siris and then the crew took it over. “ Santaan thari thari ka” was practiced inside Rudra’s room. There was no dedicated script, no dialogues and the scenes were rehearsed only twice or thrice for both the dramas. Rudra kept telling other participants to be ready for some impromptu dialogues.

Santosh and Bhimsen only practiced once together for “Hariyo Dollar”and for other time Bhimsen choreographed/rehearsed at home while Santosh practiced at Kalaidescope for the song.

As the day of the event drew closer and closer, the practice sessions became more and more intense with the participants practicing daily almost everywhere- at the office rooms, canteen and even on the terrace and even during lunch breaks.

PART III -RECOLLECTIONS OF SOME OF THE PERFORMERS:

Suyesh says :

The BIG DAY was back again after a year. Rushing to practice room after wrapping up the day’s work was always a challenge for us and fun at the same time. Even after hectic work schedule, late hours and mental pressure, we somehow managed time for the practice. There were some wonderful talents who could not participate because of work load. We knew that we had to give our best to cheer up the lovely audience, so without caring about anything else, we headed for it. In the beginning there were only few people interested in participating, so we had to be involved in multiple songs to fill the gap, but as the time passed more people joined as band members.

We had some good guys missing from the last year, so it was a hard time for us to manage a whole new team. This was going to be my second performance on the stage and having the experience from the OCTO FEST it was a bit comfortable for me this time around. We were quite confident about our performances and we kicked off the NOVA FEST with the opening song “Yo maan ta mero nepali ho”. Something was bothering us and we felt that sound system was not properly monitored for the band members in the stage but as they say “ the show must go on” and it did. So respecting the audience, we continued with our performance. With the increasing participation of the audience, the show started to gather momentum and gradually the shortcoming of the sound system were forgotten.

I believe that, audience is the key factor in making any show worthwhile. This time, there was not much space for the audience to show their participation compared to last year. There are good and bad aspects of anything and none of us are professional artists. With that in mind, I believe that everyone performed really well and all of us enjoyed the show. Thank you D2ians for making the show a grand success; we all are looking forward to a similar event with more variety and more talents.

Thank you amazing photographers for capturing the moments really well.

Kapil says:

It was a very wonderful experience performing as well being audience at the Nova fest. As last year’s program was a grand success I was wondering whether we could give the same quality of performance as we were missing some of our old team mates. Nonetheless it was yet another very satisfying and rocking performance. Despite having a bad sound system we -all the band members kept our spirit alive and tried our best to give the entertaining music. Special thanks to Ravi Sharma for putting extra effort. Thank you D2 for organizing such event, will keep the spirit alive for the next year.

Ashay says:

The musings for the Octo Fest V 2.0 started three months back. I remember having asked Upasana Didi if I could be part of the show working “behind the scenes”. She told me I was most welcome. Three months later was the first time I talked to her about the festival again, wanting to be an MC in the Event. Work pressure, you know …

Now that the cat is out of the bag and you know I was an MC, please don’t berate me, us for that. We put our best foot forward and the overall picture of the event was great. The day kicked off at 8 and ended at 9 for most participants, what with rehearsals, make up and what not. The day went great. We had lunch during mid-day and then in some time, we had the all hands meeting. The show was started with the song “Yo man ta mero…”. The coordinators followed this up with a welcome note. And the program began in earnest after that.

Almost every presentation in the show was superb. Notable amongst them were the “Shivadum” dance, “Hariyo Dollar”, “Rajamati”, the IT skit, and the songs were all well sung. The group dances looked exceptionally well choreographed. The whole package was well juxtaposed and left us wanting more by the time the show bade us goodbye. Lets hope we grow even more by next year and the program is even bigger than the Nova Fest.

Ravi says:
Expectation always demolishes oneself, so don’t expect just go on. What you get accept it –that’s one of the things I have learnt.
Practice session was lot more interesting than performing live. No expectations, no competition, no rush hours, no tensions so far…. When one performs live one is sure to see the unexpected outcome. I was the one standing on the stage more than anyone did that day. Maybe that made others exhausted to see same face all the time. What could I do when no one volunteered to play the guitar for any new songs? I agreed to play on every new songs added to the list to polish the upcoming talent. No one is perfect, we are not a pro. I think overall Nova Fest was good enough. There were many off tones in our performance as well but no one recognized it other than us. I’m thankful to everyone who made the event a grand success and to all the audiences who added that X-factor to the event and bared with our performances till the end.

Ashish says:
Get up early in the morning at 7 o’clock and rush to office sharp 7:45 AM and make sure that each participants of Cultural Fashion Show were there for rehearsal-that had become my daily routine. If sometimes I were nice to the participants, I was quite disappointed too. Always have a deadline (tonnes of works) as a Daily Task that needed to be done between 9:00AM to 6:30PM. Then rush out to the studio for song practice. And back to home and sleep.

And finally, the day of the show came. The day of the show was especially hectic at work. Once we arrived at the venue there was more work to be done that was unrelated to the pull, so that didn’t leave much time to concentrate on what was going to happen later in the evening. After the final rehearsals were over, I began to become a bit nervous and anxious. Smoothly, my show starts and ends up. Though both of my shows were not so perfect , I hoped it was also one of the entertaining ones. And after the final show I was pretty happy because I received some comments and many compliments.

Well, it was a great show, very entertaining moment being involved on D2 Nova Fest – as a singer and as a choreographer. I would like to be thankful to everyone, who managed their valuable time to participate in the Cultural Fashion show and a song, from their busy schedule. They were not only the participants but also the good co-coordinators. At last, I must say that found very wonderful people at this station. Thank you all for great support.

Pallavi says:

All in all I thought the show was a canvass of diverse talents and superb performances.

The dark horse of the show I thought was Ravi who played the guitar for almost all of the songs. I didn’t know some of my friends could play multiple instruments that too with such ease. I was really happy to see Siris dai sing – and yes managers can sing too. Although I had heard Suyesh couple of times, I did not know he was so good at it. Hats off to Kapil (KP as I call him) for the flair with which he plays so many instruments. Bidha’s performance on stage was really good and equally good were Santosh dai and Bhimsen dai.

Kudos to my dance partner Surendra dai. I salute his spirit for trusting my choice of song-the lyrics of which was almost like Hebrew for both of us, compromising lunch hours, getting to work as early as 8 AM (although I was late most of the times) and staying until late in the evening and even agreeing to practice on the “kausi”. Without such spirit- Rajamati would not have been so good.

The practice sessions at Baneswor for all girls’ item was a story in itself. We danced like anything and straight after such sessions we would eat momos!!!The selection of the costumes and the minor quarrels were equally interesting.

……………and then there was “Santaan thari thari ka”. The practice sessions at Rudra dai’s office were worth remembering. Rudra dai’s spontaneity is worth appreciating. No dialogues, no script, no screenplay but everybody managed to pull it off.

All in all an event worth remembering-memories to last a lifetime.

Reports: Manisha Singh

With the previous cultural fest setting the standards so high, this years Cultural Fest, Nova Fest, started with quite a lot anticipation.

The fest kicked off with an ‘All Hands Meeting’. It was an intrusive but necessary distraction. We had presentations by the company’s CTO, Rudra Pandey and the VP, Himal Karmacharya. Himal gave an update on our Nepal office operations especially focusing on the recent IT audit by Deloitte and the findings from Manager’s meeting. Most of the D2 folks in audience took a lot of delight in the requirement that the managers be at their desk by 9 AM. They also applauded the fact that D2 wants to cut the long hours for its employees. Our CTO Rudra gave an overview of our company. He talked about our financial performance for 2008 and our projections for 2009. He also shed light on the company’s vision moving forward. Most importantly, he used the forum to encourage enterpreneurism among all and discuss the traits that make for a good leader/manager.

Then the real program started off with the song “Yo maan ta mero nepali ho”, setting up the audiences’ mood for the fest.

As Luna put it, D2 is on par with Bollywood and Hollywood with its diverse talents. The story of the fest is best told by the pictures and the list of performances. With people excelling in songs, dances, drama and various other performances, D2 is no less than the much celebrated Hollywood studios. We had superb performances by the vocalists Anish, Suyesh, Siris, Dhilung, Ishwar and their bands. We had rocking dance performances as well. Our very own Shamesh and Tejaswee easily beat the oft-cited celebrities Shiva Shrestha and Kristi Mainali with their Batasaile moves. Shamesh should seriously think about switching his career:) Most of us will agree that the best performance by far (Octo and Nova fests combined) was by the dynamic duo, Pallavi and Surendra, dancing to the tunes of “Rajamati wa”. “Unity in Diversity”, D2’s cultural fashion round up, was also the first of its kind. Various ethnic and cultural dresses gave a true picture of unity in diversity while also reminding everybody how beautiful our ethnic wears are. However, the biggest laughter was reserved for the spontaneous acts by Rudra, Santosh, Bhimsen. Playing the “kanchi budhi”, Bidha whipped the audience into frenzy and, undoubtedly, bagged the best actor award. This years event also had a guest performer, Mr. Charan Pradhan, who intrigued the audiences with his complex yet fluid moves. We were really privileged to have shared the stage with him.

Last year, the Octo fest report ended with the line: “The show ended with a simple hope and expectation that such an event will be continued in future as well”. This years too ends with similar hope. Hats off to all the performers for putting up such a wonderful event and thanks to the lively audience, without whom the event wouldnt have been such a huge success.

The curious audiences
01 The curious audiences
Calm Before the storm
02 Calm Before the storm
I know I`ll rock the stage
03 I know I`ll rock the stage
D2 is the place to be..
04 D2 is the place to be..
See me perform next year
05 See me perform next year
I`ll be here from 2009
06 I`ll be here from 2009
Happy To Welcome
07 Happy To Welcome
Yo maan ta mero Nepali ho - the nepali heart
08 Yo maan ta mero Nepali ho – the nepali heart
Getting ready to take the lead
09 Getting ready to take the lead
D2`s Led Zepplin
10 D2`s Led Zepplin
Shivadam shivadam - Charan Pradhan
11 Shivadam shivadam – Charan Pradhan
Bajrapani
12 Bajrapani
Limbu pair - Raju n Barsha
13 Limbu pair – Raju n Barsha
 No Dolce Gabbana.. thats Yakkha - Piush n Jasmine
14 No Dolce Gabbana.. thats Yakkha – Piush n Jasmine
Newari attire - Nikesh n Jyotsna
15 Newari attire – Nikesh n Jyotsna
Pratik n Rina in Sherpa`s dresses
16 Pratik n Rina in Sherpa`s dresses
The Rais - Abishekh n Mamta
17 The Rais – Abishekh n Mamta
Tharu couple - Sudip n Sushmita
18 Tharu couple – Sudip n Sushmita
Unity in Diversity
19 Unity in Diversity
Cham Cham Cham nachna mann lagyo....
20 Cham Cham Cham nachna mann lagyo….
Family Time
21 Family Time
Bhimsen - the billionaire
22 Bhimsen – the billionaire
Voice of Nepal
23 Voice of Nepal
Rafting bisaudai
24 Rafting bisaudai
Baruli kammar hallaudai
25 Baruli kammar hallaudai
And the dance continues
26 And the dance continues
Bachaaaauuuuu!!!!!!! UPS padkyo
27 Bachaaaauuuuu!!!!!!! UPS padkyo
IT ma thitti
28 IT ma thitti
Siris considering career switch
29 Siris considering career switch
Impressing his mayalu
30 Impressing his mayalu
Ahh!!Pretty Magarni presents Rajamati
31 Ahh!!Pretty Magarni presents Rajamati
Matina ya wa.. maya pirati gasau
32 Matina ya wa.. maya pirati gasau
Rajamati n tuyuse(guy`s name in the movie)
33 Rajamati n tuyuse(guy`s name in the movie)
Surendra dai sidestepped by villain Asim!!!!!!
34 Surendra dai sidestepped by villain Asim!!!!!!
Aaha kalilo tama lai..
35 Aaha kalilo tama lai..
Sodha rama lai........
36 Sodha rama lai……..
Cute Together - Siddhi with his pretty wife
37 Cute Together – Siddhi with his pretty wife
Aana enjoying the show
38 Aana enjoying the show
D2`s singing sensation
39 D2`s singing sensation
Rock On
40 Rock On
Bold and Beautiful!!!!
41 Bold and Beautiful!!!!
Green card couple
42 Green card couple
Krish.. oh krisne actually
43 Krish.. oh krisne actually
The lady killer
44 The lady killer
Santan thari thari ka....
45 Santan thari thari ka….
Pretty kanchi budi
46 Pretty kanchi budi
Our audiences amused
47 Our audiences amused
Looking good together!! Rachit with his wife
48 Looking good together!! Rachit with his wife
Paschim ko Bakkhu
49 Paschim ko Bakkhu
Behind the scene action
50 Behind the scene action
Tamang selo group
51 Tamang selo group
Dreamgirls
52 Dreamgirls
Nachyo maichyang timi damfu ko talai ma
53 Nachyo maichyang timi damfu ko talai ma
Then we`ll rock!!!
54 Then we`ll rock!!!
GT - thats Ganesh for you
55 GT – thats Ganesh for you
Kristi Kc Vs. Tejaswee
56 Kristi Kc Vs. Tejaswee
Lucky guy
57 Lucky guy
I made them move
58 I made them move
Q3
59 Q3
Tashi diley Sherpa Dai!!!
60 Tashi diley Sherpa Dai!!!
Thats the way Mahive!!!!
61 Thats the way Mahive!!!!
Lau lau hana han garyo re!!!!
62 Lau lau hana han garyo re!!!!
Green room preview
63 Green room preview
Youthful
64 Youthful
Fine ladies dancing away
65 Fine ladies dancing away
Happy Vishnu with his daughter
66 Happy Vishnu with his daughter
Mohani Lagla hai!!!!
67 Mohani Lagla hai!!!!
Look at Sabin
68 Look at Sabin
Charming Gurungseni
69 Charming Gurungseni
Dipin Transfixed
70 Dipin Transfixed
Drumming away to glory
71 Drumming away to glory
Don`t need a stage - Bhuwan Shrestha
72 Don`t need a stage – Bhuwan Shrestha
Ko ho tyo jasle malai - Bishwadeep
73 Ko ho tyo jasle malai – Bishwadeep
Maya meri maya.....hamro milan kahile huncha
74 Maya meri maya…..hamro milan kahile huncha
Taking a break from MCing
75 Taking a break from MCing
Stage ko bhoot hatya chaina.......monika ko!!!
76 Stage ko bhoot hatya chaina…….monika ko!!!
Pravinda doing what he does the best
77 Pravinda doing what he does the best
Men in Black
78 Bhete maile Rudra dai
Where`s your Benz
79 Where`s your Benz
Killer Drummer
80 Killer Drummer
We rocked it.. lets chill
81 We rocked it.. lets chill
The Heroes
82 The Heroes
Prashata in action off the stage
83 Prashata in action off the stage
Unfeatured Dandia Dance
84 Unfeatured Dandia Dance
Jeetendra our generous camera person
85 Jeetendra our generous camera person
Caught Between the curtains, man behind the camera
86 Caught Between the curtains, man behind the camera
The energy back stage
87 The energy back stage
The Finale
88 The Finale

Invitation Card

Nova fest 2008 had the following line up:

1 Yo maan ta mero nepali ho
[Suyesh Nepal, Kapil Pandey, Ravi Sharma, Dipin Shrestha, Pravinda Ranjit]

2 Mayalu le
[Ravi Sharma, Rajendra Subedi, Bishwadeep KC, Sumit Kumar singh, Bishwa Shrestha, Anish Gopal Vaidya]

3 Bajrapani/ShivaDam
[Charan Pradhan]

4 Unity in Diversity
[Sudeep, Susmita, Abhishek, Mamata, Pawan, Binita, Jyotsna, Nikesh, Jasmine, Piyush, Pratik, Rina, Shreejana, Raju, Barsha]

5 Bara hatey patuki
[Monika Sarawogi]

6 Tara matra haina
[Anish Gopal Vaidya, Bishwa Shrestha, Rajendra Subedi, Bishwadeep KC, Ravi Sharma]

7 Hariyo Dollar
[Santosh, Kapil Pandey, Bhimsen, Suyesh Nepal, Pravinda Ranjit, Bishwadeep KC, Saroj Dahal]

8 Rafting Bisaune [Rajendra Subedi, Sumit Kumar Singh, Sabin Chandra Shrestha, Ritesh Raj Aryal, Sabita Khadka, Alina Sharma, Pragya Rana, Shreejana Prajapati]

9 Yestai ho suchana tatha prabidhi
[Anup Sharma, Sudeep Khatiwada, Pratik, Rohan, Chetna]

10 Musu musu
[Siris Bajracharya, Anish Gopal Vaidya, Kapil Pandey, Dipin Shrestha, Ravi Sharma, Pravinda Ranjit]

11 Ko Ho tyo
[Kapil Pandey, Bishwadeep KC, Ravi Sharma, Pravinda Ranjit, Suyesh Nepal]

———-Snacks———-
12 Rajamati
[Pallavi Sharma, Surendra Adhikari]

13 Sodha Rama lai
[Bidha Rimal, Upasana Rai, Monika Sarawogi, Shilpa Shrestha, Rajiv Shrestha, Prajwal Shrestha, Chandra Kishor Gauro, Asim Khanal]

14 Maya meri maya
[Kapil Pandey, Suyesh Nepal, Dipin Shrestha, Pravinda Ranjit, Ravi Sharma, Siris Bajracharya]

15 Bheda ko un
[Kapil Pandey, Suyesh Nepal, Jeevan Basnet, Pravinda Ranjit, Ravi Sharma]

16 Santan thari thari ka
[Rudra Pandey, Bidha Rimal, Santosh Koirala, Ashaya Thakur, Pallavi Sharma, Shamesh Joshi]

17 Herda ma ramro
[Rajiv Shrestha, Rajendra Banjade, Deepak Lamichhane, Mamata Ojha, Rina Maharjan, Jasmine Bajracharya]

18 Instrumental
[Bidha Rimal, Upasana Rai, Monika Sarawogi, Shilpa Shrestha, Pallavi Sharma, Pragya Rana]

19 Sano Prakash
[Dhilung H Kirat, Ravi Sharma, Dipin Shrestha, Bishwa Shrestha]

20 Bhul ma bhulyo
[Vinaya Lal Shrestha, Kapil Pandey, Ashish Shrestha, Ravi Sharma, Saroj Dahal]

21 Batasaile Udailagyo
[Shamesh Joshi, Tejaswee Sharma]

22 Mahive, Nibuda
[Charan Pradhan]

23 Mercedez Benz
[Kapil Pandey, Dipin Shrestha, Pravinda Ranjit, Ishwor Manandhar, Ravi Sharma]

24 Sambodhan
[Dipin Shrestha, Siris Bajracharya, Pravinda Ranjit, Ravi Sharma, Anish G Vaidya, Rajendra Subedi]

25 Diula
[Suyesh Nepal, Kapil Pandey, Jeevan Basnet, Pravinda Ranjit, Ravi Sharma]