Bhutanese Artists of Georgia (BAG) organized a Bhutanese Artists Live Concert 2011’ on the occasion of Dashain and Tihar at Clarkston Community Center on October 16, 2011.
Performed by prominent Bhutanese and Nepali artists including Karna Das and Mahesh Thulung the concert entertained about five hundred audiences.
The chief guest for the event was McKenzie Wren, director of Clarkston Community Center. The guests and participants were welcome with the tone of Malshree and Duesi and Bhailo.The event began with a song ‘Sambodhan Timilai’ dedicated to known and unknown Bhutanese who lost their lives during freedom movement and Georgia van accident which had claimed the lives of three Bhutanese youths in March,2011.
Karna Das rocked the stage with a dozen of his famous songs intermittently throughout the programme. Mahesh Thulung, a popular singer from Bhutanese Community who has recently released his hit ‘Moment,’ sang his famous numbers ‘Akashaima ’ and ‘Priyasi’. Emerging Bhutanese singers Sagar Rai, Pratap Magar,Shiva Mapchan,Sudesh Thulung and a dozen others including Dhan Gurung of the then Euphoria band of refugee camp in Nepal some of the famous Nepali songs.
There were also a number of group dances ranging from ‘Dashain Dikpal’ by Sanita Thapa and her team to Kunti Moktan’s ‘Humla Jumla Gadi Maa’ by Shristhi Mapchhan and her team. Duet dances and opera dances were also performed by the Bhuta nese artists at the show. Rajan Rai made the audience laugh with his famous jokes in between the show.
The organizers facilitated McKenzie, the director of the Clarkston Community Centre and Susan Pavlin, the Director of Refugee Organizing in Action Network. A dozen of Bhutanese were awarded as the ‘Best Artists of Year 2011’ in the show that included prominent music arranger Bikash Thulung, rhythm guitarist Kamal Rai, among others.
There were 18 songs played live on the concert. The sound and light was managed by AEE Sound and Light of Atlanta.