KATHMANDU: Exemplary Nepali women were felicitated for their devotion and changes they have brought through their constant belief in themselves at the Celebrating Womanhood 2009 Navadevi Awards held at Gurukul Theatre on September 18. Established in 2002, this Creative Statements event was supported by the Embassy of Denmark.
The event started with a short speech from Danish Ambassador Fin Thislted where he shared the importance of the event and the yearly increase in the number of nominations for the awards proving its importance.
All together nine women from all over Nepal, who have struggled and made a stand on their own in their respective fields were awarded. Every award was named after a goddess, who have their own power and significance in Hindu religion. With the distribution of the awards, the recorded speech of every winner was projected behind the stage.
Dance performances based on Gopal Yonjan’s Ritu Rangha in between the award distribution was highly appreciated. All dances led by Shrijana Yonjan depicted the facets of a woman’s persona in relation to seasons.
“All the dances are based on six seasons of Nepal, and every dance and our endeavour is dedicated to womanhood in Nepal and all over the world,” said Renchin Yonjan, Creative consultant and the master of ceremony.