Singtam: April 20, 2012
Sikkim’s No. 1 Dancer, Search for the Sikkim’s best solo dancer started with a grand anticipation with 168 participants from different parts of the state making their presence felt.
The two days audition round for Junior and Senior Category was completed on April 14 and April 15 at Nepali Dharamsala, Singtam.
The inaugural day of the competition had Junior Audition Round that had 74 participants while the next day for the Senior Audition Round there were 95 aspiring participants dancing for the coveted title. A total of 41 participants from each category were selected by the three judges for the next round. The three judges of Sikkim’s No. 1 Dancer were Sushma Chetrri from Namchi, Hemanta Das from Assam and Bijay Tamang from Nepal.
One of the major attractions at the Junior Audition round was seven year old dancing wonder kid Irfan Sheikh from Namchi who was in news for his participation at the audition of the ZEE TV reality dance show Junior Dance India Dance recently.
Sikkim’s No. 1 Dancer Solo Dance competition was organized by Badhaichha Creation, Singtam in association with Singtam Basibiyalo and Proud To Be A Sikkimese Blog. The Media Partners for the events was Sikkim Express, Samay Dainik, Nayuma Television, Voice of Sikkim and 91.9 FM, Gangtok. The mega event was supported by SPARK NGO, Singtam and Cricket Philately website.
Speaking to this reporter, Praveen Pradhan, Managing Director of Badhiachha Creation has informed that there would be a special ‘Dance Workshop’ for the selected 80 participants this April 22, Sunday at Nepali Dharamsala, Singtam. The three judges would share valuable instructions and their experiences with the dancers. The discussion about the ‘Judges Round’ to be performed by the participants in their next round shall also be held, informed Pradhan. Pradhan has thanked participants from different parts of Sikkim for their participation.
Indra Pradhan, Central Executive Member of SDF and the chairperson of Sikkim’s No.1 Dancer in her speech had told that the competition had primarily focused on the participants from rural areas and we are happy we had succeeded in it. Pradhan went on to add that parents should be serious about their children being part of such cultural activities and these types of activities help in a child development of an individual.
Speaking on the occasion the guests on both days appreciated the team of Badhaichha Creation, Singtam for organizing such events and promoting youngsters. Best part of the competition was the fact that the majority of the performers was from rural areas and we were fortunate to watch those talents, echoed everyone. Even the Judges shared their view that they were happy to come across different talent house under a same roof.
Winning and losing is always a part of a game and for the disappointed one who could not get through to the next round, Singtam Basibiyalo shall provide them opportunity, said Mohan Pradhan ‘Neeraj’, Sansthapak of famed Singtam Basibiyalo.
Sawan Pradhan, President Singtam Nagar Panchayat was the Chief Guest of the inaugural day. The other guests of the day included Indra Pradhan, Central Executive Member of SDF Party, Jas Maya Rai, Vice Convenor Cheli Morcha (East) Pakyong, Karma Doma Bhutia, Vice Convenor Cheli Morcha (East), Rhenock, Mohan Pradhan ‘Neeraj”, Sansthapak Singtam Basibiyalo, members of Singtam Nagar Panchayat and others.
Mrs. Geeta Ruchal, Social Worker was the Chief Guest for the Senior Audition Round. The other guest of the day included, TB Pradhan, President Singtam Newar Kalyan Sangathan, Indra Pradhan, Central Executive Member of SDF Party, TN Poudhyal, President Himali Sangh, Dalapchand, Mohan Pradhan ‘Neeraj”, Sansthapak Singtam Basibiyalo and others.