Tourism Pokhara. The spectators have showded up in remarkable number in the on going 19th Pokhara Street Festival organised by REBAN. The visitors poured in in huge number on Saturday as a local holiday as well as Poush 15 and Lhosar festival also marked the day, Mr Chau Bahadur Gurung chairman of REBAN explained.
Folk music program was the main attraction of the afternoon today where national folk artists Komal Oli, Purushottam Neupane, Prajapati Parajuli, Sarala Pandey, Samjhana Adhikari, Krishna Kafle, Sriram Adhikari, Tek Chhetri, Sarswati Lamichhane and other artists performed.
Simiarly comedian Dinesh Kafle made the spectators laugh out loud. A traditional folk Ratyauli competition also continued. National pop artist Sabin Rai and various local pop bands performed later in the evening. All the programs were staged in the maim stage at Komagane Park.
Organised with a slogan “sadakmai khau, sadakmai nachau ra sadak mai ramau”, the Saturday program featured waiters race at Hallanchowk. Ramlal Pariyar from Paradiso Restaurant secured first position while Sanjay Gurung and Krishna Sapkota secured second and third position respectively. Similarly in waitress race, Renu Rana from Fewa Thakali secured first position while Babita Pariyar and Nabin Thapa Magar became second and third respectively. Sports program Coordinator Mr Lok Gurung informed that the first won Rs 7000, second won Rs 5000 and third won Rs 3000 cash prize.
In Tug of war event organized at Gaurighat, Gaurighat A group became first to win Rs 15000, Gaurighat B secured second position and grabbed Rs 10000 cash while Ratna Shree Gym secured third position and won Rs 5000 cash.
Sunday, welcoming new year, musical program by Mantra band from India, Nabin K. Bhattarai, Trishna Gurung and other various artist will perform till 12am midnight to entertain the spectators. Similarly during daytime, popular folk artist Badri Pangeni, Tarapati Subedi, Sarala Pandey, Shanti Shree Pariyar, Rajan Karki, Nisha Pokhrel and others will be performing. Also comedy show by Jirey Khursani Unit along with Shiva Hari Bairagi and Devi Ram Parajuli will entertain the spectators.
Ratyauli competition will also be another event of attraction said Mr Dal Bahadur Kc, member of Cultural Program Committee.