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Four days long Mithila Festival 2021 concluded successfully

  • The Mithila Center USA successfully organized the Mithila Festival USA 2021 with Art, Culture and Literature program from 14 to 17 April 2021. This year’s Festival also included celebration of Mithila Folk-King Salhesh Jayanti, New Year 2078 B.S. and JurShital Festival. Several dignitaries of Nepal, India and USA had addressed the opening ceremony of the Festival highlighting importance of Mithila art and culture. H.E. Amrit Rai, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. John Liu, Senator of New York State Senate, Hon’ble Mr. Lal Kishor Sah, Mayor of Sub-Metropolitan City of Janakpurdham, Hon. Harry Bhandari, Member of Maryland House of Delegates, Mr. Bishnu Prasad Gautam, Acting Consul-General of Nepal in New York, John Guy, Senior Art Curator of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, among others, delivered their remarks on the occasion.
  • Greeting Messages had been received from various dignitaries and elected officials, including H.E. Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada, Ambassador of Nepal to the United States, Hon. Grace Meng, Member of the United States Congress (U.S. House of Representatives), Hon. Catalina Cruz, Member of New York State Assembly, Bil De Blasio, Mayor of New York City, Hon. Scott Stinger, Comptroller of New York City, Hon. Davon Richard, President of Queens Borough of New York City, Hon. Eric Adams, President of Brooklyn Borough of New York City, Hon. Ranadhir Jaisawal, Consul-General of India in New York.

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From Respected Dignitaries


The honoring of Mithila culture is a special moment for your community, an opportunity to reflect on what binds people together and the rich culture that passes from generation to generation. The Mithila kingdom has an ancient and proud history, intimately linked to the sacred landscape of ancient India . . .

John Guy

Senior Art Curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

I am delighted to extend my warmest greetings to all gathered at the Mithila Festival USA 2021. The Mithila Center has preserved and promoted the Mithila heritage by raising the community’s awareness to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The work the Mithila Center and Mithila Art has done for the community, specifically women in impoverished rural communities, will not go unnoticed . . .

Grace Meng

Member of US Congress

It is my pleasure to extend best wishes to all attending Mithila Center USA’s 2021 Festival. Since its inception, Mithila Center USA has been dedicated to sharing Mithila culture with New Yorkers. Mithila Center USA is committed to preserving and promoting its unique and vibrant heritage, while organizing engaging live performances and art exhibitions . . .

Scott M. Stringer

New York City Comptroller

I am pleased to know that the Mithila Center USA is organizing Mithila Festival 2021 on 14-17 April 2021 and also publishing a souvenir depicting Mithila art, culture and literature. I thank the Mithila Center USA and its Founder and President Mr. Amit Sah for this initiative. On this occasion, on behalf of the Government of Nepal and the Consulate General of Nepal in New York, I extend warm greetings . . .

Bishnu Prasad Gautam

Acting Consul General

It is with honor and gratitude that I write with joyful greetings to all participants of the 2021 Mithila Art Exhibition, “Art for SDGs: The Mithila Heritage” and congratulate all on this significant endeavor and achievement of the Nepali diaspora community in the United States. The fabric of U.S. society and culture is indeed enriched and inspired by the contribution of this Exhibition, in its second year, uniting us . . .

Diana Fox

PhD Professor and Chairperson
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