Nepal 11 February: Kathmandu - Nagarkot
Start of the Peace Run at Sri Chinmoy Statue
The day began in Kathmandu at 9 am, where, after a delicious Indian breakfast at the Kaveri Inn (thank you Kaveri Inn!), we drove all the way to Nagarkot and gathered at the statue of the founder of the Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy.
A Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to Mr. Ashok Thapa, in honour of all their work caring for the Sri Chinmoy statue, which happens to be located on the hotel premises.
Shumbhani, a member of the Peace Run team from Guatemala, hands the Dexo Souvenir Shop, located right next to the Statue, their Certificate of Appreciation.
Afterwards, Guinness-World Record holder Ashrita Furman, tried to break a new record! The record involved flipping a lit sword in the air, and catching it as many times as possible within 30 seconds!
Ashrita attempted to break the record twice! The first time he managed to catch the sword mid-air 27 times. The second time, he managed 28! Video footage will be sent to the Guinness World Records academy for final review!
Ashrita poses with well-wishers from the Dexo Souvenir Shop and the Club Himalaya Hotel after his record attempt.
On the drive from Nagarkot back to Kathmandu, we were once again treated to lovely views of the countryside...
and was immediately greeted by a long line of gracious students, embodying the spiritual charm and depth of Nepal.
Students from four different schools participated in the ceremony held at the Nepal Music Centre:
1. Sharada Secondary School
2. Midland English Boarding School
3. Ankur Vidhyashram
4. Prashphutan Academy
The students from the Nepal Music Center presented us with a special traditional dance, called Manjushree dance.
The students from the Music School also performed a lively percussion performance for the Peace Run.
Bijeta Pradhan and Stuti Sharma, pictured along the top row with the teachers, were the main event organizers.
Sweta and Sumbhani present Ms. Savitri Malla Kakshayapati, Board Member of Nepal Music Center Trust, with a Certificate of Appreciation.
The Peace Run appreciated original artwork on display at the Nepal Music Center. This painting, was prepared specifically to welcome the Peace Run. It is by Sushanta Rajbhandari, a student of one of the schools participating in the Run.
The next section of our ceremony involved presenting the Torch Bearer Award to Dr. Satya Mohan Joshi. The Deputy Mayor of Kathmandu, Ms Hariprabha Khadgi Shrestha, was also in attendance (third from right).
Dr. Satya Mohan Joshi is a well-renowned Nepalese scholar, a great writer, and Nepali history, language, and culture expert. He is also the Chancellor of the Nepal Bhasa Academy and Chairman of the Nepal Music Center. He is 98 years old and we were honored by his humble and peaceful presence.
Ms. Hariprabha Khadgi, the Deputy Mayor, presents Dr. Satya Mohan Joshi with the Torch Bearer Award.
Ms Hariprabha Khadgi Shrestha spoke movingly of the signifance of peace, and the importance of supporting younger generations to make their way into the world.
Ms. Hariprabha Khadgi Shrestha and Dr. Satya Mohan Joshi pose for photographs with the Peace Run Team.
Ashrita Furman offers a demonstration of his many world records to the students of the Music Center.
He balanced a milk bottle on his head: Ashrita holds the record for the fastest mile run while balancing a milk bottle on his head.