GANGTOK, July 4.
Well-known Nepali literary figure of Sikkim Santosh Alley was conferred with the 14th Dr. Shova Kanti Thegim (Lepcha) Memorial Award at Janta Bhawan, Gangtok on 4th July for his book “Karyang-Kurung ko Aakash”. The award was recommended by the two tier selection committee constituted by trust earlier this month. The programme was held under the chairmanship of former Director of Human Resource and Development Department (HRDD) and senior writer Mahananda Poudyal who was also the chief guest of the occasion.
During the occasion student of Paljor Namgyal Girls (PNG) School, Gangtok Ms. Arpana Basnett, was also conferred with Dr. Shova Kanti Thegim (Lepcha) Memorial Prize and stipend cash prize. Arpana Basnet of class XI was awarded with the prize for securing grade A2 in Nepali during the board exam of 2011 (AISSE) and the stipend for pursuing Class XI with Nepali as one of the major subjects.
While addressing the gathering awardee Mr. Alley informed that this award has encouraged him along with the feeling of responsibility towards contributing the society with more works in the field of literature.
Mr. Alley thanked the trust members who approved his name for this award and said that there are many literary figures in Sikkim who have always encouraged me towards literature.
The author suggested new the upcoming writers to read international level books and to focus on literature. Without literature the life of an individual in incomplete, he said. The chief guest Mahananda Poudyal in his address said that there are many people in Sikkim who have lots of money but such people never form any trust. But the Chairman of the trust Dup Tshering Lepcha has started conferring award in the name of his wife Dr Shova Kanti Thegim (Lepcha) and for which every body should appreciate his gesture.
Adding more Mr. Poudyal suggested that trust must organize analytical programme and has to know the view of people at large too. The trust has been providing Dr. Shova Kanti Thegim (Lepcha) Memorial Award since 1998.
(Courtesy: Sikkim Mail)