SINGTAM: March 9, 2011: Social Boys Club from Singtam won the Singtam Khamdong Constituency Block Level Cultural Dance Competition held at Singtam Community Hall. NKK, Singtam and Basibiyalo, Singtam was adjudged second and third respectively. A total of six dance groups from nearby areas of Singtam participated in the competitive event. The other dance groups in the competition included Saipatri Club, Singtam, Samaj Sewa Samiti, Patuk Changey and Munal Club from Aritar Khamdong. The block level cultural competition was organized by SPARK NGO and sponsored by Nehru Yuva Kendra, Gangtok. Gangaa Mukhia and Remanti Rai, guest singers also thrilled the audience with their voice. The three judges of the cultural event were Lucki Doma Bhutia, Nirmika Subba and Pratima Gurung.
Earlier in the morning Singtam Community Hall was officially inaugurated by Ugyen T Gyatso Bhutia, Sikkim Government Chief Whip and MLA from Tumin-Lingee. Also present on the occasion were Am Prasad Sharma, Area MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary, Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department along with other distinguished guests.
Shri Am Prasad Sharma in his speech thanked the Chief Minister for the Community Hall at Singtam and hoped that the Community Hall would have its place in the development of the Singtam Town. Sharma appreciated the works of Spark NGO and wished them success in the days to come. Shri Ugyen T Gyatso Bhutia said that in the coming days the Community Hall shall provide opportunity for the local talents to showcase their skills. Kamlesh Agarwal, Contractor who made the Community Hall was also felicited by the Guests.
Cultural event was the highlight of the day that had 6 groups participating at traditional dance competition along with 3 groups participating at Non competition that included Singalila Academy School, SDF Cultural Cell, Gangtok and Singbell Makha GPU. Singtam Nagar Panchayats headed by Sawan Kumar Pradhan (President), Meena Chettri (Vice President), Bishnu Maya Sherpa (Secretary), Anita Tamang and Ram Naresh Prasad (Councilors) were the Guest of Honour of the occasion. Puran Chettri, District Youth Coordinator of Nehru Yuva Kendra, Gangtok was also present on the occasion.
Members of different clubs and organization of Singtam and nearby regions were present on the occasion. Those included Suresh Pradhan, Lanco Co-ordinator, Gupta Subba and Binod Pandey, NHPC Co-ordinator, Tinku Adhikari, President Singtam Driver Association, Pradeep Subba, former President, Singtam Driver Association, TB Pradhan, President, Newar Kalyan Sanghathan, Singtam, Satya Dev Prasad, Sector Warden Civil Defence, Tenzing Sherpa, Youth Vice Convener, Singtam Khamdong Constituency, Mohan Pradhan ‘Neeraj’, Basibiyalo, Singtam, Sushma Lohagun, President, Tinek Mahila Jagaran Samiti, Dawa Tshering Sherpa, Ex- Chairman, Rajen Rai, UDHD, Uday Pradhan, Deepak Kallani, Pradeep Sharma and others.
Twenty members of SPARK NGO, along with four Patrons Sawan Kumar Pradhan, Bishnu Maya Sherpa, TB Pradhan and Mohan Pradhan ‘Neeraj’ were also introduced on the stage. Puran Chettri in his speech gave details of the motives behind the programme of Nehru Yuva Kendra. He wished the society should relate themselves with the cultural aspect of the lives too. TB Pradhan in his speech informed the gathering crowd about the performances of SPARK NGO over the last 10 months. Nirmika Subba gave details of the performances of the dancers.
Praveen Pradhan, President SPARK thanked everyone for their presence and making the programme a success. The event was the first occasion where the SPARK NGO had individually worked. It plans better performance in the future. Pradhan told that the success of the program could not have been achieved without the whole hearted support from Mohan Pradhan ‘Neeraj’, TB Pradhan, Sawan Pradhan, Raaz Gadaily, Naresh and every members of SPARK NGO. Special thanks were also mentioned to Power Department, Toppakhani. Mohan Pradhan ‘Neeraj’ went on to say that it was a pleasant moment to have the inaugural event by SPARK at the Community Hall of Singtam.
Spark to organize Singtam-Khamdong Dance Comptn.
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