Hill girls to perform in Bangkok – Cultural show add-on to business meet


Kalimpong, Sept. 28: A four-member dance troupe of St Joseph’s Convent here today left for Bangkok to participate in the Northeast India Trade and Investment Opportunities Week to be held from October 1 to 4.

The troupe comprising Rhea Gurung, Bitisha Thapa, Yankeela Bhutia and Shivani Karki — all students of Class IX — will perform yak and Nepali folk dances.

“Our girls will also be part of a Mizo dance since some members of the Mizoram troupe could not get their passports made on time,” said Maria Goretti, the teacher-choreographer accompanying the girls. The troupe may also be asked to perform on the third day

Goretti told The Telegraph on phone from Guwahati before taking a flight to Bangkok that the students have been rehearsing in the Assam capital for the past few days.

“We are excited and consider ourselves lucky to have got an opportunity like this,” said Bitisha. “We only got two-three days to practise back home, but tried to compensate by practising till late in the evening,” added her friend Rhea.

Organised by the Union DoNER ministry and the Thai ministry of commerce together with the Indian Chamber of Commerce, Calcutta, the event will showcase possibilities of doing business with Northeastern states. The cultural items are an add-on to the main programme.

The principal of the school, Sister Erica, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to showcase their talent to a global audience.”

3 thoughts on “Hill girls to perform in Bangkok – Cultural show add-on to business meet

  1. Juanita Mukhia

    I am so thrilled that our convent girls are receiving this opportunity. What a wonderful exposure for the girls and i am also extremely glad that Miss Maria Goretti can showcase her talent. she was always a patient and pleasant teacher and it would be safe to claim that a host of ex josephites cherish only the best of memories as a student in her class.

    Congratulations girls and Miss Goretti, you have proved that in the midst of much turmoil in the hills, social and cultural development of the youth need not be lost.



  2. Nandini

    Wow!! this is so nice.. A big prestige for the school.. I rem* it was the national level we reached when I was in school but now going on for an international level challenge sounds a lot of fun as well as an opening door of opportunities to the participating girls as well as Miss Goretti. She’s always been talented and now getting her talent out to the international level is a really big thing.. Congratulations to all and especially to Miss Goretti.. Three cheers for Josephites. Hip hip hurray!!! 🙂


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