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IU Hosts Event Raising Awareness, Money For Nepal Earthquake

Patan Durbar Square before the earthquake.

Nepalis living in Indiana are imploring Hoosiers to provide emotional and financial support in the wake of the devastating earthquake that left parts of Nepal in ruins and thousands dead.

Dikshant Uprety played his guitar in front of a large crowd gathered at Indiana University’s Showalter fountain.

Those listening came to a forum earlier called IU4Nepal.

“Talking to my friends I get a feeling that my family is trying to project that everything is alright but when I talk to my friends I find it’s kind of horrific over there right now,” he says about getting in touch with his family.

Originally from Kathmandu, Uprety came to Bloomington to study ethnomusicology less than a year ago. He spoke and sang at the event along with a geology professor and Nepali author.

They each implored the audience that the best way they could help is to donate to foreign aid.

Uprety says being so far from home during this disaster left him feeling helpless.

“Just seeing the pictures, only the pictures and not being able to do anything and the helplessness,” he says. “It made me go numb for two days. I couldn’t read or write anything…I only got one phone call from them and there were 30 tremors that day.”

Despite those feelings, Uprety has felt support from his Bloomington community. He says they’ve raised over $2,000 so far and hopes this event will bring more money to the Nepalis who have been hit hardest by the earthquake.

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