Workshop cum Exhibition in Sikkim

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Gangtok, Nov. 26
The valedictory function of the five day long Workshop cum Exhibition on Living Craft Tradition and Women’s Creativity in Sikkim was held at Children Park, Gangtok on 26th November, 2010. This five day programme was organized by Sikkim Akademi in association with Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi.

Naari Kavi Gosthi and Workshop cum Exhibition was also held today to mark the valedictory function. Dr. Rajendra Bhandari, Professor Sikkim Government College was the chief guest on the occasion. Mr. Bhandari said that there are very few people who are interested in literature in the state and as a result this rich literature is suffering. He also said that there is a lack of readership in the Sikkimese society and urged the present gathering to work together to overcome this and make people conscious about this rich literature. He further added that literature reflects a society and captures its present in a way that the future generations can also know about its past by referring to the literature of that time. Comparing Nepali literature with its Bengali counterpart he further said that as reading culture is very good amongst the Bengali people their literature is also benefiting. He even said that even people from Nepal are better when compared in reading habit, which further helps in preserving their culture. He concluded by saying that Naari Kavi Gosthi is a very good platform for the women writers but expressed his sadness that very few participants had come to take part in the programme today.

Sanu Lama, President, Sikkim Akademi informed that the five day long programme that was organized by the Akademi to promote rural artisans was a great success. He informed that women can excel in any field like man but they need encouragement and platform and said that their organization has been doing its best to help these women. He also said that the organization will discuss about the marketing facility to be provided to these rural artisans with the concerned department. Sikkim Akademi has further plans to organize such type of programme every year in the state and district level. During the programme Ms. Binashree Kharel, Ms. Apsara Dahal Ms. Yishey Doma. Ms. Tara Sampang, Ms. Deepa Rai, Dr. Shanti Chettri, Ms. Basanti Sharma, Ms. Khushboo Chettri, Ms. Sudha M. Rai and Ms. Meena Subba recited their poem. In this five day long exhibition Saran Tamang of Soreng who is a candle maker sold candles worth Rs.forty thousand and is the highest seller of this exhibition.

(Courtesy: Sikkim Mail)



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