Gangtok, July 13, 2012:
The three day long 198th Bhanu Jayanti celebrations commenced at SDF Bhawan, Indira Bypass under the chairmanship of Minister for Roads & Bridges, RB Subba.
The inaugural function also had the presence of Minister for Human Resource and Development Department (HRDD), NK Pradhan as the chief guest and Minister for Urban Development and Housing Department (UD&HD), DB Thapa, MLAs, Dorjee Namgyal and Menlom Lepcha as the guests of honour.
During his brief address, the chief guest stressed that we should always work towards preserving our language, culture and tradition for it is our identity. We all should be proud, for our culture and traditions are rich as compared to other communities outside the State.
Minister Subba, also the President of the Bhanu Jayanti celebration committee notified that this year’s Bhanu Jayanti slogan is ‘Sanskriti ko Phoolbari, Sikkimely Chinnhari’. He also mentioned that the State Government has given equal rights to all the individuals of the State irrespective of their caste, creed and community. It is the duty of every person to preserve one’s language, culture and traditions, he added. The President further told that the 199th Bhanu Jayanti shall be celebrated more grandly next year.
Marking the 1st day of the celebrations, an Inter School Lok Nritya Competition was held today during which 14 schools namely Deorali Girls SSS, Sir Tashi Namgyal SSS, Modern SSS, Singtam High School, West Point SSS, Sichey Madhyamik School, Bahai SSS, Enchey SSS, Upper Syari Secondary School, Livelihood School, Ranka Secondary High School, Singtam High School, TNA and Annes School had participated.
Sir Tashi Namgyal SSS was adjudged as the winner of the said Competition whereas, Deorali Girls SSS and Annes School stood 2nd and 3rd respectively. Likewise, Modern SSS took away the consolation prize. The winner, Sir Tashi Namgyal SSS will be further performing on the concluding day of the celebrations i.e. July 13, 2012 at the newly inaugurated Manan Kendra. Rushma Rai and Geeta Ruchal from Sikkim and Sandip Khatri from Nepal were the judges of the said Competition. Also on today’s occasion the welcome song was presented by the Akhil Kirat Rai Sangh (AKRS) and the team was headed by Narayan Rai.