Bindhiya Khadka is 12 years old, and she has been singing and dancing since she was little. At the age of 1, Bindhiya and her family arrived in Burlington from Nepal. Her father, Bishnu, grew up in Bhutan and spent 19 years in Nepali refugee camps after being expelled from Bhutan. There are about 2,500 refugees from Bhutan living in the Burlington area. Bishnu cofounded the Vermont Nepali Cultural Heritage Dance Group in 2016 to teach Nepali dance and culture to the younger generation. We filmed a rehearsal of the group in 2017 and met an 8-year-old Bindhiya who loved learning the dances. More recently, the group changed its name to the Bhutanese Nepali Cultural Heritage Dance Group, and Bindhiya was a top-five finalist in the Himalayan Music Academy Online Talent Show Competition.
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