THE HIMALAYAN BEACON (THB)
CORRESPONDENT: PRAVIN THAMI
DARJEELING, 18 NOVEMBER 2017: The Bhutia Development Board has taken upon itself to revive one of the most important traditional dance of the Bhutia Community in Darjeeling Hills, the Snow Lion Dance. Two Snow Lions used in the Snow Lion Dance especially made in Kalimpong were presented to the youths Singsa Kiduk at the Historic Yiga Choiling Monastery at Ghoom. Speaking to THB Correspondent Pravin Thami, the elders of the community including Palden Bhutia, the Chairman of the Bhutia Development Board said that the Board had given the youths of Singsa Kiduk from the Ghoom area two Snow Lions specially made at Kalimpong, where incidentally there was only one individual left who made the Snow Lions. He said that the Board was committed towards working for the betterment of the community and appealed to the members of the Bhutia community to come forward and express their needs and desires to the Bhutia board.
The Chairman of the Bhutia Board also the foundation stone and initiated the construction of a community hall for the Bhutia community at Malat Avon Grove Tea Garden at Pokhriabong, where he added the Board had made 53 houses for different members of the Bhutia Community there. Palden Bhutia said that the members of the community at Malat Avon Grove Tea Garden had a long standing dream of a community hall of their own where they could come together to celebrate at the same time give each other support during times of mourning. He said that he was happy that the Bhutia Board had been able to fulfill that dream.
Pravin Thami is the Chief Cameraman and the Coordinator Darjeeling Region for ‘The Himalayan Beacon’.