Kathmandu- The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu has organized World Hindi Day on Monday at Hotel Radisson. Since the first World Hindi Conference was held in Nagpur, India on January 10, 1975, World Hindi Day is celebrated on January 10 every year at Indian embassies and high commissions in India and around the world.

Naveen Kumar, Head of Press, Information and Culture Division at the Embassy presided over the program. He read out a message from the Prime Minister of India on the occasion.

The message and best wishes given by Mrs. Meenakshi Lekhi, Minister of State for External Affairs of India on the occasion of World Hindi Day were presented through video. Nepal’s senior Hindi writer Ram Dayal Rakesh was present as the chief guest of the program while Prof. Dr. Usha Thakur, a member of Nepal Pragya Pratisthan Pragya Parishad was the special guest.

A special Comedy Poet Conference was organized on the occasion of World Hindi Day. At the conference, three famous poets from India, Sudip Bhola, Binit Pandey and Abhishek Tripathi recited poems.

In the program, 12 students from different schools of Kathmandu recited Hindi poems for which they were awarded. The chief guest released a collection of short stories ‘Sunsan Galliharu’ written by Mr. Veena Sinha, editor of Hindi monthly magazine ‘The Public’, ‘The Public’ magazine and a collection of poems by Mrs. Karuna Jha, a Hindi writer from Nepal. The new issue of Hindi magazine ‘Himalini’ was distributed to the guests.

Students of Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center, Kathmandu performed melodious group songs in the program. In his remarks, Chief Guest Rakesh said that Hindi language has played an important role in the friendly relations between India and Nepal for centuries.