FROM [[SIKKIM REPORTER]]
[[Gangtok]]: Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling during the State level celebration of 198th birth anniversary of Bhanu Jayanti on 13 July announced that he would now start visiting different schools in the State and interact with the students.
“I will visit schools and interact with the students of all the schools in Sikkim shortly, as the students play a very important role in society building,” Mr. Chamling said while addressing a function at newly inaugurated Manan Kendra here.
He said among the many works done in the past 18 years of [[Sikkim Democratic]] Front government, high priority has been given to education. “Education makes people open minded and rational thinkers and we should adopt good things from the Western culture and say no to other things which sends negative impact to our society,” the Chief Minister said adding that more works needed to be done in the field of education in Sikkim.
Talking on the theme of the day’s celebrations, he reminded the contributions of Adikavi Bhanu Bhakta Acharya in unifying the Nepali communities and added that no literary figures have given the contribution in unifying the Nepali speaking communities through their writings as Bhanu Bhakta has done. He said we need to draw an inspiration from Adikavi’s motivating life.
“Bhanu Jayanti is not simply a celebration but an opportunity to send a strong message of culture, tradition and language conservation, the Chief Minister said while lauding the programmes put up by Nepali Sahitya Parishad.
Earlier, the celebration started with garlanding the bust of the Adikavi at Bhanu Park. Despite continuous rains, a colourful shova yatra (rally) was carried out by cultural groups of all the communities of Sikkim and at MG Marg, near Sikkim Tourism, school students and members of different associations staged various dances.
The Chief Minister handed over awards to different personalities for their contributions in their respective profession. Those felicitated were former Chief Secretary, PK Pradhan (Basha Sewa Shree), Madhu Sudhan Lama (Sangeet Sree), Hem Khawas (Chitrakarita Shree), Wangchuk Bhutia, (Patrakartika Shree), Chandra Dulal, (Sahitya Shree) and Thaman Nawbag, (Natak Shree.).
Similar to the celebrations held in Gangtok, the day was observed in all the districts. Each programme featured competitions in poetry and Ramayana recitation, elocution and different cultural presentations.
Organised by Sahitya Prakshan, Gyalshing, the celebration at West District headquarters was attended by former Minister SB Subedi as chief guest. On the occasion, he handed over the awards and the prizes to the winners of the different categories of poetry recitation, Ramayan Paath, essay writing, storytelling and cultural competitions.
The 198th Bhanu Jayanti programme was also organised at Pakyong by Sikkim Prativa Pratisthan Pakyong. MLA cum Chairman SISCO Bank LM Lepcha was present as chief guest and renowned Litterateur Mahananda Poudyal chaired the programme. Garlands were offered to the statue of the Adikavi at Bhanu Vatika, Pakyong by the guests, followed by shova yatra (rally). Winners of various competitions were given prizes by the chief guest.
Bhanu Park in Singtam was decorated with flowers and festoons in a grand manner. Guests present there offered garlands at the statue of the great Nepali poet.
Reportedly, individuals present at the function were seen sharing best wishes to each other and spreading words of love, peace and unity.