Bhutanese Artists of Georgia, an organization established in 2009 by the Bhutanese refugee artists and community volunteers had organized a Bhutanese Artists Live Concert 2011’ on the auspicious occasion of Dashain and Tihar at Clarkston Community Center on October 16, 2011. The chief guest for the event was McKenzie Wren, director of Clarkston Community Center. The event started with the welcome tune comprised of Malshree and Duesi and Bhailo. Then, after the guests were welcomed the show started with paying homage by dedicating the song ‘Sambodhan Timilai’ to the known and unknown Bhutanese people whose lives are gone away from us on the time of struggle and to the people who lost their lives on the van accident in Georgia on March, 2011. The song was sung by Sudesh Rai and back vocal by Shiva Mapchan.
The main attraction of the concert was Karna Das, a very prominent singer, composer and songwriter of Nepali Music. He presented his very popular numbers: Thula Thula Mahal Hoina, Purano Dunga, Tyo Premko Balidan, Bhetiyera Chutnu Bhanda in the first half and Anoutho Betha, Sunaiko Sirbandi, Man Manai Man Parai Sake, and Jindagi Ko K Bharosa. Mahesh Thulung, a popular singer from Bhutanese Community sang his famous numbers; Akashaima and Priyasi. Singer Sagar Rai sang Timile Sath Chodi Dida, Pratap Magar sang Halla Chalecha, Shiva Mapchan sang Rituharuma, Kamal Rai sang Himali Nepali, Bhim Magar and Tika Rasaily sang a duet song Luku Luko Lagyo, and Pabitra Gurung sang Laure Daile. The other two guest artists Dhan Gurung , singer of the then Euphoria band back in the refugee camp in Nepal and now from North Carolina presented Wari Jamuna in the track and Ram Dhimal, a new potential singer from Florida sang Premika in track.
There were number of group dances: “ Dashain Dikpaal” by Sanita Thapa Magar, Jiten Rai, Prem Kala Gurung, Diwas Tamang, Rajani Mapchhan, Pratap Magar, Manisha Gurung , Damber Chhetri, Dechhen Gurung , Rajen Rai, Ranjeeta Chhetri , Kiran Subba, Ganga Neopaney, Kishan Thapa, Dibya Rai, Tula Mapchhan, Rajni Mapchhan, Milan Thapa, Poonam Tamang, Kishan Thapa, Bhima Thapa Magar, Roshan Gazmer. Another group dance was “ Humla Jumla gadi maa” by Shristi Mapchhan, Deepika Neopaney, Nisha Gurung, Amisha Chhetri, Nisha Chhetri, Ingsama Subba, Tamanna Gurung, Ashmita Tamang, Rejina Adhikari. There was a dual dance “Haraye maa timro” by Bhima Thapa Magar and Jiten Rai. Other group dance was “Himalalai dhakyo Kanchha” by Ganga Neopaney, Manisha Gurung, Sanita Thapa Magar, Laleeta Thapa, Premkala Gurung. Opera dance “Jhuto raichha” was presented by Prem Gurung, Pabitra Gurung, Roshan Adhikari, Pratikchhya Budathoki. And Group dance “Maya sachau sadhai lai” by Milan Thapa, Premkala Gurung, Tula Mapchhan, Ganga Neopaney, Pratap Magar, Bhima Thapa Magar, Jiten Rai, Sanita Thapa Magar. Group dance “Mayale badhyo Lau resham” by Kishan Thapa, Roshan Gazmer, Damber Chhetri, Rupesh Gurung, Diwas Tamang, and Milan Thapa. Group dance “Hariya churaa mera haatai bhari” by Rajani Mapchhan, Harki Rai, Divya Rai, Dechhen Gurung, Dillu Sarki, Pooja Gurung, Punam Tamang, Ranjeeta Chhetri, and Chandra Chhetri.
The masters of ceremony were Rajan Rai and Bhima Mapchan. In between, Rajan Rai made the audience laugh with jokes. The organizer felicitate Mckenzie Wren, director of Clarkston Community Center, Susan Pavlin, director of Refugee Organizing in Action Network, Bikash Rai, Mahesh Thulung, Kiran Subba, Arjun Khapangi, Padam Giri, Jiten Rai, Bhima Thapa, and Pratap Magar was awarded the Best Artist of the Year 2011. The event was more attractive due to the live music played by the musicians: Keyboard/Guitar- Bikash Rai, Keyboard- Bhim Magar, Keyboard- Ram Gurung, Bass guitar- Ratna Gurung, Rhythm guitar- Kamal Rai, Pad Drum- Birkha Guragain and Yogesh Rai, Table/Madal- Shiva Mapchan and Flute by Sagar Rai. There were 18 songs played live on the event. More than five hundred people were present on the event. The sound and light was managed by AEE Sound and Light of Atlanta.